It’s almost impossible for occupants of any residential or commercial space to comfortably go about their business without an effective HVAC system in place. Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning systems are essential for keeping temperatures within your living space tolerable.
As you would expect, there are different types of HVAC systems which can be confusing for someone who’s in the market for one for the first time.
This article will guide you through the intricacies of shopping for an HVAC system. You will understand exactly how an HVAC system works and we’ll also offer some price estimates that can act as a guide when you start shopping for one.
Since there are a number of factors that are at play it’s difficult to give you an exact amount you can expect to pay.
One of the factors that will determine how much your HVAC system will go for is the size of your home as well as its proportions. A house that has lofted ceilings or open levels compared to a standard home with typical 8’ or 9’ ceiling will require an AC system that will command higher prices compared to a home that has a regular shape like a square or rectangle.
If your premises has large square footage it will need a much larger HVAC system. Air conditioners have different outputs which determine the amount of heat each unit is expected to extract from a home.
To explain this better here’s an example. A single TON AC unit extracts 12000 BTUs while another unit with thrice the output, that is, 3 TON, extracts as much as 36,000 BTUs.
Another factor that will impact the cost of the HVAC system is the existence of a duct system on your premises. It’s rare to find new homes that aren’t AC-ready however, older homes are not usually and thus require some ductwork.
If the existing ducts are worn out you will need some new ductwork. Sometimes the existing ducts might be under insulated which would lead to two things:
- High energy bills
- Excessive noise when the HVAC system is running
New ductwork usually matches the price of a new HVAC system.
Another factor that might affect the price of your HVAC unit is SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). You should expect to fork out more for a unit with a higher SEER compared to the lower rated models.
You should be aware that even though the initial investment is on the higher side, they tend to be much cheaper moving forward.
Now that you understand some of the factors that determine the cost of an HVAC system, the next part of this article will cover the average cost of an HVAC replacement.
HVAC systems are built to last. An air conditioner or a heat pump that receives regular maintenance may keep going even after 10 years. The same applies for furnaces and boilers which will still be operational even after 15 years.
Generally, replacements are usually cheaper than new installations as you’ll be using the same ducts as before.
Below is a list of common types of HVAC units and their price estimates.
Goodman Central Air Conditioning System
For a central HVAC unit you might expect to part with anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000 for a large unit. The average cost is about $2,600. You can find some Goodman central air conditioners on sale here.
Goodman Gas and Electric Split HVAC System, Heat Pump
A split system consists of both outdoor and indoor components. A furnace makes up the indoor unit and is responsible for providing heat while the outdoor unit consists of an air conditioner responsible for providing cooling.
Split systems start off at $1,000 and top off at $7,000. On average though, you can expect to spend an average of $6,625. You can find Airquest By Carrier and Goodman split systems at affordable prices on our heat pump page.
Oil or Gas Boiler
The price for a regular efficiency boiler starts at $2,500 and ends at $4,000. The average price though is $3,250. High end models on the other hand range from $5,000 and $9,000 and cost an average of $7,000.
Goodman Gas Furnace
A gas furnace is a great way to ensure you and your family feel warm and snug during winter. You’ll easily get one starting from $500 to anywhere around $6,000. On average, a gas furnace will go for $2,400. Take a look at the Goodman GMS80805CN going for around $500.
Commercial HVAC Units
As you would expect, commercial HVAC units are much larger than your regular home HVAC system. The square footage of the premises will be a key factor on how much you end up spending on your unit.
Commercial rooftop air conditioners start from around $4,000.
In addition to the type of HVAC equipment there are other variable that affect the cost of an HVAC unit.
- Efficiency Rating
Air conditioners are assigned a SEER rating. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Heat pumps on the other hand have their efficiency measured using AFUE (Average Fuel Utilization Efficiency) and HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor). If a unit has a higher rating it means that it’s more efficient and consequently will cost more.
- Capacity or Size of Unit
The capacity of your HVAC unit is measured in BTUs and tons. BTU stands for thermal units. BTUs refer to a HVACs unit ability to either heat or cool. HVAC systems that have a higher capacity are more expensive. Don’t try to cheap out by purchasing a unit with lower capacity as it can cause equipment failure not to mention it leads to higher energy costs.
- Choice of Retailer
Different retailers sell HVAC units at varying price points. Here at HVACDirect.com we pride ourselves in giving our customers coupons that give huge savings.
- Optional System Features
If you’re looking for a premium experience with your HVAC systems you might want to have your unit integrated with some optional features such as air purifiers, programmable thermostats, UV lamps and, humidity control features.
All these options are likely to increase the overall cost of your HVAC system.
- Quality and Brand
Big brands will always price their merchandise higher than smaller, lesser-known brands. To get the best value for your money you should ensure that you do some due diligence on which brand will give you the best service for the longest time.
- Climate and Location
Your location and climate are a big factor on how much you end up spending on your HVAC system. Units that have a higher BTU, that is, a greater capacity best serve cold climates while those with a low BTU are better for warmer climates.
We hope this guide serves you as you do your shopping. You can browse some of our HVAC units on our website.