Heating and cooling in very important for homes year around. It is an essential system for the occupants of the home. Knowing the average HVAC cost and if need be the average HVAC replacement cost can help you to plan financially and help with planning costs of the yearly upkeep of your home.
The average cost of heating and cooling
Family heating and cooling can cost between $500 and $4000. The final cost will depend on the unit, additional installation items such as duct-work and the professional’s installation rates.
So what is the real cost of running a HVAC system
The typical electricity of running a central air unit for six hours a day will use 900 kilowatt/hours (kWh) per month. At the cost of $0.134 per kWh this amounts to $120.60 per month for family heating and cooling. In 2017, homeowners spent between $163 and $528 for repair of their family heating and cooling. The lowest cost being $75 and the highest $1,254.
Average Cost to Replace HVAC System
A new HVAC system can be installed by two technicians in two to three days. Most of the time, with the cost to replace entire HVAC system, there is little or no change to the duct-work. For houses that need duct-work, the cost and work time can double. It’s best to speak with a HVAC professional to help to determine the HVAC cost.
The cost of duct replacement
The cost to replace air ducts in most homes is about $35-$55 a linear foot for labor and materials, or $1,000-$5,000 or more for a single-family home, depending on the length and type of ducts used. Ductwork in your house is one of the main sources of loss of efficiency with your HVAC unit. So expect that if you are replacing your ductwork in your home, the cost of that ductwork replacement could potentially be significant. If you are installing a completely new system, the contractor will have to map out:
- Ducts: to ensure that the air is being efficiently circulated throughout your home.
- Vents: so they send the air out correctly, and it must be determined if these vents will be in the ceiling or the floor
- Floor vents: so that they are not going to be blocked by furniture or other objects.
So what ultimately is HVAC replacement cost?
A full HVAC installation is the most common type of HVAC installation for the reputable HVAC contractor. The ductwork adds two days of labor and about $2,000 to $3,000 to the price and the HVAC system cost of a new replacement air conditioner unit can range from $3,500 and $7,525 for price of installation. So with all of that in mind, the total complete average HVAC replacement cost can be anywhere from $5,500 to $10,525.