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What's A New Furnace and AC Cost?

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Uncover the truth about furnace and AC costs and find out how much you should expect to pay for a new unit. Get the information you need to make an informed decision for your home or business.

Get a Fair Price on a New HVAC System

The combined cost of a new furnace and air conditioner can vary greatly depending on the brand and model chosen and a few other factors.

The Factors

Multiple factors affect the cost of a furnace and AC combo installation, research the brand of HVAC unit you want to ensure you make the best decision, and then move on to the next variable.

Factor 1: What HVAC System Brand

The brand of an HVAC unit can significantly impact the cost. Keep in mind that all major brands are reliable if installed and commissioned properly.

Factor 2: Energy Efficiency and Features

We rarely recommend investing in air conditioners above 16-SEER efficiency for average-sized homes because the monthly savings wouldn’t add up to the additional expense.

What AFUE Rating is Best for My Home?

An 80% AFUE furnace can typically be more than enough if you live in a southern state. If you live up north, you probably want to consider a furnace that is 90% AFUE or greater.

Basic SEER and AFUE Rating

A basic 80-90% AFUE-rated furnace combined with a 13-15 SEER combo system installed would start around $7,000 and go up to $12,000, depending on your geographic area.

Better SEER and AFUE Rating

The next step up would be a 94-97% AFUE-rated furnace combined with a 16-20 SEER combo system installed would start around $9,000 and go up to $15,000.

Best SEER and AFUE Rating

A top-tier system would be a furnace with an AFUE of 97-99%, matching an AC system with a SEER rating of 19-26. The cost of this system would range between $11,000 and $20,000.

Factor 3: Choosing the Right HVAC Contractor

Choosing the right HVAC contractor can significantly affect the price of installation. The install if done correctly, will reduce costly repairs or replacements.

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