HVAC Installation Costs – How Much Can You Expect To Pay?

Are you planning on having a new HVAC installed in 2020? If so, you may be wondering how much you can expect to pay in installation costs. 

Thankfully, having a new HVAC installed costs a lot less than you think! In this article, we will provide you with a complete breakdown of HVAC installation costs.


New system installation costs vary depending on factors such as your equipment and home. Local demand will influence hourly rates charged by HVAC specialists. On average, you can expect your HVAC installation costs to fall in the ranges below (note – these averages don’t include equipment cost):

  • Gas furnace installation: $1,800 to $4,000
  • Electric furnace installation: $1,700 to $2,500
  • Oil furnace installation: $4,600 to $6,900
  • Air-source heat pump installation: $2,900 to $6,000
  • Geothermal heat pump installation: $3,400 to $13,000
  • Air conditioner installation: $1,800 to $10,500
  • Ductless HVAC installation: $300 to $1,500


The total cost involved in an HVAC installation isn’t just the price of the equipment. You’ll have to pay for labor to remove and replace old units. Older homes may need other work to help the new system function properly, such as ductwork. Each of these variables can significantly impact the project’s total cost.

  • Equipment capacity, efficiency, and features affect the price. Larger capacity systems typically cost more than smaller systems, and you’ll pay more for increased efficiency and advanced features, such as onboard diagnostics.
  • Duct system installation and repairs affect HVAC installation costs. If you’re installing a new forced-air heating or cooling system, your home must have ductwork – if you don’t have ducts installed, a new duct system will need to be designed and installed. In older homes that used radiant heat, this could be a considerable expense. Your existing duct system may require air sealing to eliminate air loss, helping your new heating and cooling system operate efficiently. 
  • The number of zones will affect HVAC installation costs. With ductless systems, you can zone your home’s heating and cooling needs with individual air handling equipment in each zone. The more zones, the more equipment you’ll need, increasing the price.
  • Indoor air quality systems add cost. If you’re installing whole-home humidifiers, dehumidifiers, or air cleaners with your new system, there will be additional equipment costs for these systems. Additional equipment adds time to the total installation.


Contact Air Care Heating And Air Conditioning

For more information on HVAC installation costs, or to speak with us about scheduling an HVAC installation for your home or office contact us today by (949) 482-2911 or click here.

Related Posts
  • Decoding the Lifespan of Your HVAC System: How Long Will It Last? Read More
  • Essential HVAC Maintenance Tips to Prepare Your Irvine, CA Home for Fall Weather Read More
  • Don't Ignore Strange Sounds from Your HVAC System - Here's What They Mean Read More