How Much Should an Air Conditioning System Cost?

July 18, 2016

The dreaded day has arrived and now you have to purchase a new air conditioning system. Nobody looks forward to this day, and nobody enjoys budgeting for it, but unfortunately, it is part of Long Island homeownership. So where do you begin?

First, understand that the price of a new A/C system fluctuates based on several factors. The first is your lifestyle and the other people residing in your home. Are there health problems that will call for a specific type of air cleaning equipment? Do the family members in the home have any problems with the cold or heat, or a disorder (such as Multiple Sclerosis) that would that would result in the home needing to stay at a particular temperature or humidity level? What hobbies take place within the residence? All of these things will help choose which air conditioner is ideal for your home.

The following factor to examine is the actual home. Do you have a lot of windows and which way do they face? How much insulation is presently in the residence and how efficient is the ductwork? Does the home require (or do you desire) gas, electric, solar-power, etc? At Matz-Rightway, we will pay you a visit and assess your current set-up to help determine the choices available depending on your home’s structure and unique traits.

The third thing to consider is which contractor to choose. Though one contractor may have the system you want at a price point you like, make sure you find out if they are bonded, licensed, and confirm they are insured in case something happens at your house. If a contractor were to get injured and the contractor was not insured, it’s possible you would be held responsible. At Matz-Rightway, not only are we licensed, bonded, and insured, but all of our team go through a detailed background check, drug test, and are qualified to work on all leading brands of air conditioners. We also offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be assured in the work we provide.

Okay, okay, you’ve thought about all this but let’s get to the real question. How much is this going to set you back?

While all the details above will go into deciding a final budget, below are a few estimates.


Ranch House or Smaller Home

Up to 2000 ft2 and typically one story

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

Including approved financing: $40 - $250 monthly


Typical Suburban Residence

Up to 3500 ft2 and typically one to three stories

Approximatecost of an A/C system: $8,000 - $25,000

With approved financing: $100 - $500 per month


Luxury Residence

Over 3500 ft2 and various stories

Approximate cost of an air conditioner: $18,000 - $60,000+

Including approved financing: $250+/month

Approximate pricing can change depending on geographic location, personal lifestyle, equipment settings, system maintenance, and installation of equipment and duct system.


The whole process can be a tad overwhelming but Matz-Rightway is available around the clock to review all your options and choose the ideal air conditioning system for your home. The budget can be a little daunting, but with our wonderful financing options your new system could be yours as soon as possible!

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