Heating & Cooling Cost Guides

Your heating and cooling needs can range from complexities like installing an air conditioning system and boiler to simplistic tasks like installing a thermostat or repairing a ceiling fan. Your HVAC system is arguably one of the most important aspects of home maintenance, and one you will notice the most when it's not working. Make sure you get all the details involved in this project before you proceed and keep in mind the following considerations.

Labor

If you need a new heating and cooling system installed, the highest cost will likely be labor. For example, purchasing a swamp cooler to go in a window or attach to a home involves getting a professional to install it. Its size, placement, and the necessary ceiling removal and height will factor into an additional cost determined by the contractor. Get free quotes from local heating and cooling contractors if you have a specific job in mind.   Continue Reading
  • Repair an A/C Unit Costs
    Most homeowners spent between:
    $150 - $450
    Average cost:
    $250
    Low cost:
    $100
     
    High cost:
    $900
  • Repair a Furnace Costs
    Most homeowners spent between:
    $125 - $350
    Average cost:
    $200
    Low cost:
    $100
     
    High cost:
    $800
  • Clean Chimney or Fireplace Costs
    Most homeowners spent between:
    $103 - $244
    Average cost:
    $150
    Low cost:
    $100
     
    High cost:
    $600

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Repair an A/C Unit
(23,401 projects)
Average National Cost:
$250
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Repair a Furnace
(13,524 projects)
Average National Cost:
$200
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Clean Chimney or Fireplace
(9,915 projects)
Average National Cost:
$150
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Install an AC Unit
(9,559 projects)
Average National Cost:
$5,000
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Clean Ducts & Vents
(8,712 projects)
Average National Cost:
$330
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Install a Furnace
(6,389 projects)
Average National Cost:
$4,000
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Install a Ceiling Fan
(5,060 projects)
Average National Cost:
$200
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Install Batt, Rolled, or Reflective Insulation
(4,058 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,470
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Install or Repair Gas Pipes
(3,289 projects)
Average National Cost:
$400
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Repair a Fireplace or Woodstove
(3,153 projects)
Average National Cost:
$300
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Install a Heat Pump
(2,693 projects)
Average National Cost:
$5,005
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Repair a Boiler
(2,318 projects)
Average National Cost:
$300
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Install an Attic Fan
(2,134 projects)
Average National Cost:
$500
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Repair a Heat Pump
(2,044 projects)
Average National Cost:
$264
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Install Ducts & Vents
(1,743 projects)
Average National Cost:
$864
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Install a Boiler
(1,214 projects)
Average National Cost:
$5,000
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Repair an Attic Fan
(1,122 projects)
Average National Cost:
$291
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Repair a Ceiling Fan
(918 projects)
Average National Cost:
$112
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Install a Fireplace or Woodstove
(655 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,450
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Install a Thermostat
(599 projects)
Average National Cost:
$150
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Repair a Swamp Cooler
(557 projects)
Average National Cost:
$150
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Install a Humidifier
(506 projects)
Average National Cost:
$500
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Install a Window Air Conditioner
(345 projects)
Average National Cost:
$200
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Repair a Thermostat
(315 projects)
Average National Cost:
$161
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Install Weather-stripping
(305 projects)
Average National Cost:
$200
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Install a Swamp Cooler
(297 projects)
Average National Cost:
$2,500
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Repair A Window Air Conditioner
(209 projects)
Average National Cost:
$200
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Repair an Electric Baseboard or Wall Heater
(198 projects)
Average National Cost:
$200
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Install an Electric Baseboard or Wall Heater
(186 projects)
Average National Cost:
$700
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Install Solar Panels
(173 projects)
Average National Cost:
$17,882
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Repair a Humidifier
(136 projects)
Average National Cost:
$200
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Repair a Radiant Heating System
(128 projects)
Average National Cost:
$350
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Install a Geothermal Heating or Cooling System
(102 projects)
Average National Cost:
$5,000
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Repair a Whole House Air Cleaner
(99 projects)
Average National Cost:
$200
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Repair a Refrigeration System
(98 projects)
Average National Cost:
$250
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Repair a Geothermal Heating or Cooling System
(65 projects)
Average National Cost:
$350
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Install a Radiant Heating System
(62 projects)
Average National Cost:
$3,800
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Repair Solar Panels
(58 projects)
Average National Cost:
$396
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Install a Whole House Air Cleaner
(55 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,000
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Fabricate Sheet Metal
(17 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,020
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Install a Refrigeration System
(10 projects)
Average National Cost:
$800
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Also consider the installation of heating and air conditioning vents. Improperly designed systems may have ducts too small for the amount of air blowing out, or an overly large duct in one room may siphon off air that should be going to another part of the house. The heating and cooling system may be either undersized or too large for the duct system, providing too little or much more pressure than the system was designed to handle. A contractor can do a mathematical calculation as to what size HVAC system your home needs based on the type of materials you are using, the indoor air quality desired and the size of your home. The placing of your vents and ducts are crucial in keeping your house at a comfortable temperature year-round. If vents are placed where you plan to put down furniture or in the largest room of your home, there are going to be issues. All of these situations will add to the total cost of your installations.

Heating & Cooling System Costs

Consider what kind of heating and cooling system you want installed for the square footage of your home. Do you want a full system with a thermostat or a specific machine for the summer like a swamp cooler? Do you need a new furnace just for the winter? For any of these projects, the cost will vary depending on the quality, style and machine size you choose. If you have a tight budget, think of going smaller and upgrading over time. For example, if you can't afford to convert your entire home to solar power, you may want to consider utilizing it to just heat your water.
You might also want to check your home for thermal insulation if you live in extreme heat or freezing temperatures. Insulation keeps the heat and cool air in your home, which means a lower electric bill than if it leaks out and turns your system on more often. There are various types of insulation that you can install in your home, and a home energy auditor can point out the best places for it in your house.

Energy Efficiency

Some heating and cooling machines are more energy efficient and less expensive to purchase, install and run. However, some only work for certain climates, like swamp coolers in dry-heat areas. Make sure to check if an energy-saving device will bring you comfort in the long run. Just because it saves energy does not mean it's the right choice for your home. Energy-efficient installations also may cost more upfront. Research, planning and competitive pricing are imperative.

Rebates

Look for rebates from your power company. Many states offer incentives to upgrade your home to being more energy efficient. Sometimes these rebates can significantly offset the initial cost of your installation as well as monthly cost savings.

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