HVAC Prices and Average Costs for Residential Installations
HVAC, (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), is becoming more and more popular these days. This is in part due to the need to replace outdated air conditioning systems and the energy efficiency savings that can be drawn from an installation. It’s impossible for me to give anyone exact HVAC prices for their own homes through this blog. To get a free estimate, you’ll have to go and get specific quotes from contractors in your area. However, I can give you the broad prices you’ll need to pay, along with some factors that will greatly affect the final estimate price.
If there’s nothing wrong with you’re home, you have existing duct work, and your home is of decent size (1500 to 2000 square feet), then you could pay in the range of $3,000 to $5,000 for a new home HVAC system. If the ducting has to be added then double that to about the $6,000 to $10,000. Now, these costs can change based on a number of factors (local economy, insurance costs to the contractor, quality of the equipment, etc). Here are a few of the more impactful things that can greatly change the typical quote of residential HVAC installation.
- Asbestos Insulation: This is probably the single biggest issue for most heating and cooling system replacements. Asbestos fibers can cause devastating health problems, such as Mesothelioma, and are considered that have to be removed before a new proper installation can take place. This can easily cost an extra $10,000 or more for the Asbestos removal alone.
- Climate: Extremely warm and cold climates may require extra HVAC units to be installed to deal with the climate. Obviously the price of the extra unit will have to be considered and that’s an extra $4,000 to $5,000 on top of the base price.
- Size of the Home: This will affect the size of the unit needed to properly heat, cool, and ventilate the house and the amount of ducting that will be needed. Smaller homes without ducts may benefit from a ductless, mini-split system instead of an HVAC system. Larger equipment will increase the price of the overall estimate.
- Contractor’s Time: It’s typical to take two or three HVAC contractors about two to three days to fully install a system, which falls in line with the base costs. Anymore time or workers will then increase the overall cost of the installation.
That should give you a decent idea of how much it will cost you for a brand new installation. It may be more helpful to get a quote from local HVAC contractors in your area. That way you can get a more exact estimate based on your home.