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By Joanna Brown
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Posted 8/1/23

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 cost breakdown

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):

HVAC System Cost Calculator

Want to know how much a hvac unit should cost? Try out our cost calculator to get a local price estimate for your home.

How Much Does HVAC Replacement Cost?

Average Cost: $3,250 – $12,586

Like your home and needs, your HVAC project cost will be unique. Use the calculator to better estimate your investment.

*Estimate is based on current data and does not represent a guaranteed price. For accurate pricing contact a local HVAC dealer.

$5,000 – $6,000

Estimated Total

The average cost for a new HVAC system is $3,250 to $12,550, which includes equipment and labor fees for the installation of a central AC unit and gas furnace. The chosen HVAC brand, necessary ductwork repair, and your location will influence the project 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.

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 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.