How Much Should an Air Conditioning System Cost?

July 18, 2016

The dreaded day has arrived and now you have to get a new air conditioner. Nobody looks forward to this day, and nobody enjoys budgeting for it, but unfortunately, it is part of Charleston homeownership. So where to begin?

First, understand that the investment of a new AC differs based on several factors. The first is your lifestyle and the people living in your home. Are there health ailments that will involve a specific type of air cleaning system? Do the people living in the home have a sensitivity to the heat or cold, or an affliction (like Multiple Sclerosis) that would require the home to stay at a pre-determined temperature or humidity level? What hobbies take place inside the house? The above details will help direct you to which air conditioning system is right for your home.

The next thing to take into consideration is the home itself. How many windows do you have and where do they face? What type of insulation is installed in the home and what level of efficiency is the ductwork? Does the house require (or do you want) electric, solar-power, gas, etc? At Pardee Service Experts, we will go out and assess your current set-up to help determine the choices available considering your home’s construction and unique features.

The third factor to consider is which company to use. Though one company may have the system you want at a budget you like, make sure you find out if they are licensed and bonded, and confirm they are insured in case something should happen at your home. If a tech were to get injured and the contractor was not insured, it’s likely you would be held accountable. At Pardee Service Experts, we are not only bonded, licensed, and insured, but all of our team go through a detailed background check, drug test, and are skilled to work on all leading brands of A/C systems. We also offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be confident in the work we provide.

Alright, alright, you’ve thought about all this but let’s answer the real question. What is this going to cost?

While all the details above will go into giving you a final cost, below are a few estimates.


Ranch House or Smaller House

No bigger than 2000 square feet and commonly a single story

Approximate cost of an air conditioner: $6,000 - $15,000

Including approved financing: $40 - $250 per month


Common Suburban Home

No bigger than 3500 sq. ft. and usually 1-3 stories

Estimatedcost of an air conditioning system: $8,000 - $25,000

Using approved financing: $100 - $500 per month


Luxury Home

Over 3500 square feet and any number of stories

Estimated cost of an A/C system: $18,000 - $60,000+

With approved financing: $250+ monthly

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


The entire process can be a little overwhelming but Pardee Service Experts is available around the clock to review all your options and determine the best air conditioner for your home. The price can be a little daunting, but with our great financing options your new A/C could be yours as soon as possible!

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