Wednesday, September 4, 2013

How Much Does a HVAC System Cost?

     "How much do they cost?" That is the big question everyone has when they think about replacing, or have to replace their furnace and/or air conditioner. It doesn't matter if you live here in the Boise, Idaho area or New York City. The question is the same. And that's a reasonable question, since we don't purchase them hardly ever, or may never have had to replace a system.
     The total system cost varies by region and depends on a number of factors, including available rebates, installation fees and additional components. Because a central heating and air system is not an off-the-shelf product, it requires a professional dealer to assess and install a system that's right for your home. There is no MSRP. (manufactures suggested retail price) Multiple factors enter into the purchase price of your new system, such as: the seasonal temperature where you live,(the average winter temperature here in Boise, Idaho is 30 degrees) the type and age of your home, the interior duct work inside your home, local or state regulations and available rebates. No legitimate dealer is trying to rip you off with price. Quality brands and quality installation simple cost more. I am a firm believer that you get what you pay for.

     Replacing your homes heating and cooling system is a major decision, but you need to think more than just about the initial purchase price. Factor in how much you can save on your current energy bill by replacing your older system with a higher efficiency system.
     The way your home is constructed can affect the size (capacity) of your air conditioning and heating system. For example, insulation R-values have a great deal to do with heat and cooling loss in your home. The type of windows, single pane, double pane, tinted, etc, have a lot to do with how much heat or cooling loss you will have. Homes built in the last 15 years are of a much tighter construction and better insulated then older homes, therefore there is not as much heat or cooling loss. The older the home, the looser the greater the chance for heat to be lost. For more information see my other blogs at or go to our website at