Perhaps you are replacing a furnace that recently died on you, or maybe you are designing and installing an all-new heating and cooling system for your house. In any case, you are probably wondering about the new furnace cost and what you should expect to spend on your new system. This post will try to get to the bottom of what a new furnace will run you in Santa Rosa—including both the appliance itself and the installation expenses.
Calculating New Furnace Cost: Know the Variables
According to HomeAdvisor, the national average cost for a new furnace in 2018 is $4,242. However, HomeAdvisor also says that the “typical range” for furnace installation runs from $2,526 to $6,074, and that the “high end” sits around $9,000.
Obviously, the range here is substantial. Budgeting $9,000 for a furnace is an entirely different ballgame than earmarking $3,000. Why is there so much variation, and how can you cut through all the confusion to choose the right unit?
As you might expect, there are quite a few variables at play when it comes to choosing a new furnace. Understanding these variables and how they impact price will help you budget for your furnace more effectively.
- The energy source: Not all furnaces are the same. Gas furnaces are the most popular because they offer the highest level of efficiency, but electric furnaces are frequently used in new homes as well. Electric furnaces tend to be cheaper, both to purchase and to install. The website Fixr.com indicates that electric furnaces range from $500 to $2,000 for the appliance and run an average of $1,150 to install. In comparison, gas furnaces will usually cost between $2,300 and $3,500 and will run you an average of $1,500 in installation expenses.
- The infrastructure: Any central air heating method is going to require ductwork and vents to distribute air throughout your house. If you already have this infrastructure and are just trading out a dead appliance, that project is going to cost less than installing a ductwork system from scratch. Then again, if your ducts are old, it might be in your best interest to upgrade them along with your furnace. That way, you ensure maximum efficiency.
- The efficiency of the unit: Speaking of furnace efficiency, it’s an essential factor to consider in your shopping process. As you might expect, furnaces rated to higher levels of efficiency (say, 97 percent efficient versus 80 percent) are going to cost more. In most cases, the extra efficiency is worth the higher level of efficiency. An efficient furnace will pay for itself over time by ensuring that less of the energy you are paying for is going to waste. If you are on the borderline between two different furnace sizes, going full efficiency might also allow you to get away with choosing the smaller furnace—thereby saving money in the size category.
- The size of the furnace: This one goes without saying: bigger homes require more energy to heat. In turn, you will need a bigger furnace with a higher BTU capacity. You should consult with an HVAC professional to determine which furnace size is right for your home.
- The installation needs: Above, we talked about how replacing your ductwork—or installing a brand-new duct and vent network in your home—could add significant costs to your furnace installation. Ducts are not the only installation variable that might come into play as you upgrade your furnace. How long it takes to install the furnace, for instance, will affect the price. So, if you are installing a furnace in a basement that is extremely difficult for your HVAC contractors to access with a big, bulky new appliance, that factor could add to your final bill. It’s also worthwhile to do a general energy audit of your home, to identify issues that might affect your furnace’s performance. For instance, if you need to re-insulate certain parts of the home or re-caulk and re-seal windows to eliminate drafts, those steps are worth the (small) additional costs to make sure you are getting the most out of your new furnace.
Team up with the Right HVAC Experts to Get a Quote
Ultimately, you won’t know what your furnace and furnace installation are going to cost until you get a price quote from an HVAC professional. You can do some research on the internet to learn more about price ranges and figure out what you might need for your house. However, in the end, the quickest way to get an answer to your question about new furnace cost in Santa Rosa is to call an HVAC company in Santa Rosa and ask for a consultation and price quote. Your HVAC professional should be able to tell you what size of furnace you need, advise you on which type would be ideal for your home, and give you a ballpark estimate of what the installation will cost.
Valley Comfort conducts heating and furnace services in the following communities: Santa Rosa, Napa, Rohnert Park, Healdsburg, St Helena, Calistoga and Windsor