Air Conditioner Prices

New AC Installations: What Does a New Air Conditioner Cost in Charleston?

How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost varies quite a bit depending on many factors. These variables normally fall into three categories:

  1. Lifestyle Factors:
    • The health conditions of the home's inhabitants (allergies, respiratory issues, and sensitivity to surroundings)
    • How the residents "feel" comfortable (liking to cooler or warmer temperatures)
    • Hobbies and activities happening inside the house (musical instruments, crafts, wine)

  2. Building and Environmental Factors:
    • The number, style, and size of windows you currently have, the direction the home faces, and age of the home
    • Style of building, roofing, siding, ductwork, and amount of insulation present
    • Geographic climate, lot size, city regulations and surrounding environment including regular humidity, neighboring industries, available land, and codes required
    • Utilities wanted or available; solar, geothermal, gas, electric, LP, oil

  3. Contractor Risk Factors:
    • Contractor licensing, insurance, bonding, and financial stability
    • Legitimacy, skill, and certification level of the employees installing the equipment
    • Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (accessibility and commitment to customer service)

All of these factors and more help to decide the style, size, and level of work required to correctly heat and cool a home, which normally goes into the price of the new system.

What Can You Expect to Pay?


Ranch or Smaller Residence
Up to 2000 square feet
1 or 1.5 Story
$40-$250 per month with approved financing, or $6,000 - $15,000

new ac costs for a suburban home

Average Suburban Home
2000-3500 square feet
1-3 Story
$100-$500/month with approved financing, or $8,000 - $25,000

new ac price for a luxury home

Luxury Home
3500+ square feet
Various levels or highly custom
$250+ per month with approved financing, or $18,000 - $60,000+

Potential pricing may vary depending on geographic location, personal lifestyle, system settings, equipment maintenance and installation of equipment and duct system.  

Since every home’s heating and cooling system must be totally custom designed and installed, it is quite difficult for reputable contractors like Pardee Service Experts to give a specific estimate without investigating all the factors on-site through an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can suggest wide ranges of the potential HVAC system price based on the approximate size of a home under 30 years old. It’s important to note that, even the price ranges above may vary much more, depending on all the factors and circumstances of a specific home and homeowner.

How HVAC Systems Are Priced by the Manufacturer (MSRP)

Central heating and cooling systems are like vehicle classes. Systems usually fall into big (and sometimes misleading) ranges of "economy", "mid-level", and "premium". However, because every homeowner is different, each new heating and cooling system is manually installed, and because of all the earlier factors noted, the process and ultimate pricing of a heating and cooling system could be likened to choosing vehicle "Options."

Home Comfort Options

new air conditioner pricingHome comfort Options include size and efficiency, as well as air quality control, such as the efficiency of air cleaners and air filters. Air quality control systems are essential for homeowners with infants and children, people in the home with allergy or respiratory concerns, or climate control issues that require humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also a big part of the home comfort puzzle, and a large selection of mobile and Wi-Fi options are out there.

Other home comfort choices include adding the recommended amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to be sure the system performs efficiently. Some choices can be bought as a bundle, but quite a few of these choices must be figured out through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a free service we offer.

All of these options should be contemplated very carefully, since the best air conditioner or furnace can’t correctly control the comfort of the home if the duct work, attic insulation, or air filter is insufficient for the home and its inhabitants. To find out more or get your no-obligation Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your unique new system estimate, call 843-410-6103 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".