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How Much Does HVAC Installation Cost?

Posted on: September 16, 2019 | by: September 17, 2019

A new furnace, air conditioner or heat pump can directly improve your quality of life. It may seem like a significant investment, but it will eventually save you money on your energy bill. Overall costs for HVAC installation will vary according to the type of unit you have installed and the rates charged by local HVAC professionals. Other factors, such as the difficulty of removing the old unit and your existing ductwork, can also impact the final cost.

If you’re budgeting for HVAC installation, use these average costs to help give you an idea of what to expect. These are ranges which can be impacted by the above factors, so before you start the project, be sure to get a few estimates. You can also find an HVAC cost estimator online, though these will still only give you a general idea of the price.

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HVAC installation costs

New system installation costs vary depending on factors such as your equipment and home. Local demand will influence hourly rates charged by HVAC specialists. On average, you can expect your HVAC installation costs to fall in the ranges below (note – these averages don’t include equipment cost):


Factors affecting HVAC installation cost

The total cost involved in an HVAC installation isn’t just the price of the equipment. You’ll have to pay for labor to remove and replace old units. Older homes may need other work to help the new system function properly, such as ductwork. Each of these variables can significantly impact the project’s total cost.

  • Equipment capacity, efficiency, and features affect the price. Larger capacity systems typically cost more than smaller systems, and you’ll pay more for increased efficiency and advanced features, such as on-board diagnostics.
  • Duct system installation and repairs affect HVAC installation cost. If you’re installing a new forced-air heating or cooling system, your home must have ductwork – if you don’t have ducts installed, a new duct system will need to be designed and installed. In older homes which used radiant heat, this could be a considerable expense. Your existing duct system may require air sealing to eliminate air loss, helping your new heating and cooling system operate efficiently. 
  • The number of zones will affect HVAC installation cost. With ductless systems, you can zone your home’s heating and cooling needs with individual air handling equipment in each zone. The more zones, the more equipment you’ll need, increasing the price.
  • Indoor air quality systems add cost. If you’re installing whole-home humidifiers, dehumidifiers, or air cleaners with your new system, there will be additional equipment costs for these systems. Additional equipment adds time to the total installation.

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Once you know the estimated cost of an HVAC installation, you’ll want to get several estimates before going forward. Even if you consult an online HVAC cost estimator, it’s best to speak directly to an HVAC pro. A professional can evaluate your home’s unique characteristics to give you a more accurate idea of the cost. Local HVAC specialists or dealers will be familiar with the types of houses in your area, too.

To find an HVAC specialist in your neighborhood, search the Contractor Directory. It can connect you with local heating and cooling professionals who can provide you with a quote for your new furnace, air conditioner or heat pump installation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is HVAC installation?

“HVAC” stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. HVAC installation is the process of installing a new system which improves any of these items in your home. It could include replacing an octopus furnace with a new gas furnace or adding ductless air conditioning.

How do I get the best price on HVAC installation?

To get the best price on an HVAC installation, request several quotes from specialists in’s contractor directory. Comparing their quotes will help you find the best price. You can also take advantage of the slow season and have your HVAC installation done in the late fall or winter when HVAC specialists might not be as busy.

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