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7 things that can affect your HVAC installation cost – How much to install an HVAC unit

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If you’re thinking about installing an HVAC unit in your home, you’re probably asking yourself the question: “How much is it going to cost me?”. And you’re absolutely right for thinking that – because a full HVAC unit for your home is a significant investment, and a decision that should be made only after you’ve done loads of research and picked the best option for your money. 

Heating and cooling your home are important in keeping your comfort levels high and increases the quality of life that you have. Most modern homes have HVAC units pre-installed, but more often than not, once the HVAC system stops working as it should, it’s always the first thing they notice and they frantically try and get someone to get it fixed quickly. 

Because of this, it becomes especially important as a homeowner to do a bit of homework and understand all the details that surround having a HVAC unit in your home before the project commences. 

What happens during an HVAC unit installation? 

During an HVAC unit installation, the lead HVAC technician first does a visual assessment of your home and subsequently does a full inspection to find out what is the best and most efficient way to get the project completed. Then, once the details are ironed out and you agree to have the work done, the project commences. It usually takes about a full day of work for simple, straightforward installations, or a couple of days to a week for more complex projects that require more skilled labor. 

How much is it to install an HVAC unit?

A HVAC unit, by itself, can vary in price – from $1000 for a basic model to $10000 for a big, feature-packed brand name model. An air conditioner unit costs you $1500 to $8000, and a brand new furnace will set you back by $1000 to $4000. 

This means for an average sized home, you can expect to shell out at least $5000 to $15000 ++ depending on the size and layout of your home. 

Here are the breakdowns for average square footage costs for a new HVAC system: 

1,000 Sq ft = $3000-$6000

1,500 Sq ft = $4000-$7000

2,000 Sq ft = $5000-$7000

2,500 Sq ft = $6000-$10,000

3,000 Sq ft = $7000-$12000 

Different types of HVAC units 

There are different types of HVAC units you can choose from to be installed, and they are as follows: 

  • High-velocity HVAC systems

This particular system circulates treated air via 2 inch thick ductwork which allows for easier installation especially in tighter spaces or retrofitting projects. Because of the efficiency of the HVAC unit, it runs much faster, heating and cooling rooms in a much quicker time – however it is noisier than other systems, so bear that in mind. 

  • Ductless split HVAC systems

This is a standard airconditioning system, whereby the condenser or heat pump unit is located outside of the house, sucking in the outside air and treating it with refrigerant liquid through conduit lines and moving the treated air to the different rooms that require it. In such systems, the heat exchange is done in the room itself, at the vent, meaning there is no ductwork required. 

Factors that affect HVAC unit installation cost

There are a few factors that affect a HVAC unit installation cost, and they are listed below: 

  • Are they energy efficient? 

Energy efficient HVAC systems save you money in the long run, but there is an added initial cost upfront – usually about 10% to 20% more expensive than other standard models that don’t have a good energy star rating. 

All things considered, it is recommended to invest in an energy efficient unit as the long term savings can be quite significant. 

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  • The size of your unit

The bigger your HVAC unit, the bigger the price tag. And we’re not talking about the physical size of the unit – we’re actually talking about the output size, or the BTU. A higher BTU output means more power that can deliver comfortable climate controlled temperatures to a bigger area like a large sized home. However, bigger does not necessarily mean better – units that are too large for the designated space won’t run long enough to control humidity, whereas units that are too small will have to run for much longer to keep the temperature stable. 

  • Roof mounted HVACs

Mounting your HVAC on the roof is an added labor cost, and can set you back up to $1000 or slightly more. In a sense, they free up lots of space for your home, but require additional expertise when installing, as the technicians need to find the best spot on your roof that can structurally handle the weight of the HVAC unit. 

  • Home insulation

If your home is already well insulated, you can actually save up to 15% of your energy bill when using an HVAC. Consider getting your home professionally insulated before embarking on a HVAC project. This will typically set you back by about $1000 to $2000. 

  • Thermostat addition

Smart thermostats are all the rage these days, and for good reason too. They allow you to control your HVAC system efficiently through wi-fi and a mobile app, meaning you can control your home’s climate control system from wherever you are. And if you ever forget to turn off the heating or cooling when you’re out at work, you can simply turn it off via your mobile app, and if you want to come home to a warm house in the winter or a cool house in the summer, you can simply do so through a couple of taps on your smartphone. 

Smart thermostats range from $150 to $350 depending on brand and model. 

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