What does a new HVAC system cost?

A new HVAC system could cost more than $10,000, if you replace the central air conditioner, furnace and ductwork.

But you could save substantially by following a few simple tips.

How much does an HVAC system cost?

Estimating the cost is difficult because of many factors. How large is your home? What is the quality of the equipment? How energy efficient do you want it to be? Is the furnace gas or electric? These are a few questions that need to be answered beforehand.

And this doesn’t even account for the labor cost of installing the system. If your home is a challenge, there is a chance it will cost more.

In general, a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system has a few basic component parts: the furnace, which supplies the heat; the air conditioner, which cools the air; the ductwork, which delivers the conditioned air throughout the home; and the thermostat, which is responsible for running the unit.

A straightforward installation for a full unit in a 1,000-square-foot home runs an average of $6,000 to $12,000. For just central air conditioning expect the cost to range from $3,000 to $5,000. A new furnace costs between $2,500 and $7,500. Ductwork could run from $1,000 and more.

How to control costs?

1. Get an energy audit.

Before you start, you should get a reinstallation evaluation and energy audit. It adds costs at the beginning but can save you in the long run. You can do a small self-audit thanks to TVA.

By having a professional evaluate your home, you can save by installing the exact unit that meets the needs of your home. It can also identify air leaks, like in the ductwork, and issues that impact the efficiency of your home.e

2. Find the perfect contractor.

You might be tempted to go with the lowest bid, but remember you get what you pay for.

According to the EPA, nearly half of all HVAC systems are installed incorrectly. Those flaws can add up to a 30% reduction in efficiency.

Ask your friends for referrals and read online reviews before you decide on three companies to call for estimates.

3. Schedule in the off-season.

HVAC contractors are busiest when temperatures are at the extremes. So schedule the replacement for spring or fall and avoid summer and winter. This can reduce labor costs because workers aren’t balancing a heavy workload.


If you have questions about your home’s HVAC unit, contact us today to schedule a Confort Consultant to visit your home.