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Once I purchased my first home, I realized that I needed to do my part in caring for my home appliances. In addition to reading the user manuals for my kitchen appliances and state-of-the-art plumbing system, I realized that I also needed to do a little research about HVAC. Because I had no experience with HVAC systems, I called out a professional to teach me a thing or two. It was fascinating to talk with him, and I was able to take notes about all kinds of important topics, such as maintenance, troubleshooting, and even shopping for a new system. This blog is all about understanding HVAC guidelines.

Understanding HVAC Guidelines

How Much Does A New HVAC System Cost?

Marilou Girard

If you're thinking about replacing your current HVAC system, then you're probably wondering exactly how much it's going to lighten your wallet. It's no secret that a new HVAC system is often a significant investment for an ordinary homeowner, so every penny saved helps. The following provides an in-depth look at HVAC system purchasing and installation costs, including the various factors that could increase or decrease your costs.

Average HVAC System Costs

According to recent figures from Cost Owl, the average cost of purchasing and installing a new HVAC system runs from $6,000 to $12,000 for a 1,000-square foot home. This figure includes the cost of purchasing the required components (the air conditioner, furnace and thermostat) and having them installed by an experienced HVAC technician. It also includes new ductwork, although you may be able to save money by using your home's existing ducts.

Factors That Can Affect Cost

Keep in mind that no two HVAC systems will cost the same, thanks in large part to the wide array of factors that could affect your installation:

  • HVAC system type - HVAC systems come in a variety of configurations, from roof-mounted central HVAC units to ductless mini-split systems with wall-mounted blowers. The cost of these configurations can vary depending on their capacity and features.
  • Square footage - Your home's size will determine how much cooling and heating capacity you'll need, which in turn determines the overall cost of your new HVAC system.
  • Unit size - The bigger the HVAC system, the more money you're likely to spend on purchase and installation. HVAC systems are typically measured in British thermal units (BTUs) -- the more BTUs your home needs for cooling or heating, the more capacity your system needs.
  • Additional features - Looking to install a zoned system? How about humidity control or additional air filtration? These features can add more money to your HVAC install. For instance, a non-steam central humidifier can add as much as $1,050 to the cost of your HVAC system, according to CostHelper.
  • Installation charges - Labor charges make up the majority of a HVAC system's cost. Most technicians will charge an hourly charge-out service rate for a typical HVAC system installation (which could range from $40 to $100 or more per hour) or a flat rate that covers the entire installation process. These charges can vary greatly depending on your geographic area and the difficulty of the installation, among other factors.

Even the brand name can have a sizable impact on how much you'll end up paying for your HVAC system. Some brands are well-known for their affordability while others offer more standard features, better quality control and other traits that can add to the final tally.

What You Can Do to Save Money

Even though you're spending thousands of dollars on a new HVAC system, you can save a few hundred dollars from your final bill by taking advantage of the following tips:

  • Have your HVAC system installed during the off-season - Early spring and early fall are good times to have your new HVAC system installed. For starters, the technicians won't be too busy with emergency service calls to install your new system. In addition, you'll be able to take advantage of any off-season deals or discounts that are available.
  • Take advantage of rebates and tax credits - If you're replacing an older HVAC system, you may be able to qualify for a rebate from your local utility company or state government. You may even be able to qualify for a federal tax credit as long as your HVAC system meets certain requirements.
  • Don't forget about manufacturer rebates - Occasionally, HVAC manufacturers may offer significant discounts on their HVAC equipment. The key is to shop around for the best deals and take advantage of any special offers and promotional discounts that are available.

These tips can help take the financial sting out of purchasing your next HVAC system, and you can find out more by working with an experienced HVAC company.