Cost is an important factor to consider when it comes to HVAC installation. Not only do you have to consider the cost of HVAC system components, but you also have to factor in installation costs. Of course, the cost of installation and HVAC parts depends on the type of HVAC system you have.
Systems that require HVAC ductwork installation are typically more expensive to install. Ducts have to be run through walls, ceilings, and floors, which means the installation process is much more involved. While HVAC system installation costs begin at about $2,000, ductwork can cost another $2,000 alone in some homes. Ductless air conditioners, on the other hand, can be installed faster and are significantly cheaper to install.
Installing your own HVAC system to save money may be tempting, but it’s never recommended. Because HVAC system installation requires knowledge, tools, and experience that most people don’t have, it’s best to call an HVAC technician for installation. While professional installation is going to cost a bit more, you won’t have to worry about improper installation leading to HVAC problems that can cost more money in the long run.
Hiring a technician to install your HVAC system also means you can customize it with air quality accessories, smart thermostats, and more. Plus, HVAC technicians can make sure your furnace and air conditioner are running at peak efficiency, which is tough to achieve as a homeowner. As tempting as it may be to try installing your own HVAC system, professional HVAC installation is always the right choice.
While newer ductless mini-splits and PTACs don’t require ductwork, traditional heating and cooling systems do. If you want to install a central air conditioner or furnace in your home, you’ll also have to pay for HVAC ductwork installation. The cost of this ductwork depends on the size of the unit, the total required length of ductwork, and the type of ducting used.
In most cases, it costs about $10 per foot to run HVAC ductwork, with most homes requiring about 200 feet of ducts. This means that ductwork installation is generally about $2,000, although it can easily cost more than that. It’s important to keep your ducts clean with HVAC accessories such as air filters, as dirty ducts can lead to expensive service calls and poor indoor air quality. Ductwork also tends to be easier in newly built homes, so make sure you have it installed during your home’s construction if possible.