How Much Should an Air Conditioning System Cost?

July 18, 2016

The dreaded day has arrived and now you have to purchase a new A/C system. Nobody hopes for this day, and nobody wants to worry about budgeting for it, but sadly is comes with Calgary homeownership. So where to begin?

First, know that the price of a new air conditioner differs based on multiple factors. The first is your lifestyle and the other residents in your home. Are there health issues that will warrant a particular type of air cleaning system? Do the people living in the home have a sensitivity to the heat or cold, or an affliction (i.e., Multiple Sclerosis) that would require the home to stay at a pre-determined temperature or humidity level? What activities take place in the residence? These factors will help direct you to which air conditioning system is best for your family.

The second factor to examine is the actual home. How many windows do you have and where do they face? What level of insulation is presently in the residence and what is the efficiency level of the ductwork? Does the home require (or do you want) electric, solar-power, gas, etc? At A1 Chesney Service Experts, we will come out and analyze your home to help determine the options available based on your home’s construction and unique characteristics.

The additional thing to think about is which contractor to choose. Though one company may have the air conditioner 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 residence. If a contractor were to become injured and the contractor was not insured, it’s probable you would be liable. At A1 Chesney Service Experts, not only are we licensed, bonded, and insured, but all of our employees go through a detailed background check, drug test, and are qualified to work on all leading brands of air conditioning systems. 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. What is this going to cost?

While all the details above will go into determining a final price, below are a few ranges.


Ranch House or Smaller Home

Less than 2000 ft2 and typically only one story

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

Including approved financing: $40 - $250/month


Typical Suburban House

Up to 3500 sq. ft. and typically one to three stories

Averagecost of an air conditioner: $8,000 - $25,000

Including approved financing: $100 - $500 monthly


Luxury House

Over 3500 ft2 and varied amount of stories

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

With approved financing: $250+/month

Potentia pricing may change depending on regional climate, personal habits, AC settings, equipment maintenance, and installation of equipment and duct system.


The entire process can be a tad overwhelming but A1 Chesney Service Experts is available 24/7 to help walk you through all your options and decide on the best air conditioner for your home. The budget can be a little scary, but with our multiple financing options your new A/C could be yours before you know it!

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