How much does a new air conditioner or furnace cost?
Prices vary and depend on multiple factors like the make and model that you choose and the size of your home. The typical drivers of system cost include the following: home size and construction, project difficulty, the amount of new ductwork or ductwork re-work that is required, and added features, such as indoor air quality devices, zone systems and smart thermostats.
Home size and construction: A large home will need a larger unit or multiple units to maintain a comfortable temperature. Larger units will of course cost more than a smaller unit. Also, the quality of your home’s windows and insulation will affect your monthly cooling and heating costs.
Project Difficulty: If you live in an older home that requires retrofitting or your existing HVAC equipment is in a hard-to-reach space installation prices will be higher. Only with an in-home consultation can these costs be correctly assessed.
Ductwork: Ductwork can often be overlooked when replacing an existing system in an older home however, it is the most important component of a forced air system. When properly sized and installed, a duct system can maximize comfort throughout your home and reduce energy use. Adding ductwork or retrofitting existing duct systems is often labor intensive and can add as much as $2,000 – $5,000 to the total cost of your HVAC system.
Indoor Air Quality, Zone Systems and Smart Thermostats: Along with traditional heating and cooling components, you have the option to add devices that improve indoor air quality, comfort and system efficiency. UV lights, electrostatic air cleaners, and activated carbon products can all be added to your existing system to remove tiny airborne particles, and kill contaminants such as mold, bacteria and viruses.