How Much Can a New HVAC Unit Cost?

Most modern homes are built with an integrated HVAC system, typically designed for central air. The AC system includes an indoor and outdoor unit, while heating requires a single gas furnace, electric heater, or boiler. But just because it was installed with the house doesn’t mean your HVAC units will last forever. Eventually, usually after a decade or two, the old units will become costly, challenging to maintain, and ultimately need replacing.

But how much does a new HVAC system cost? In order to budget for critical maintenance services and upgrades to your home, it’s important to have a clear scope of the potential HVAC installation costs. Keep reading as our HVAC experts at Herrmann Services explore how much an HVAC installation costs and the factors that affect it.

Factors That Affect HVAC Installation Costs

Not all HVAC units are the same because not all homes and HVAC needs are the same. The total range is between about $4,500 and $10,000, but this is a wide range. Several factors contribute directly to the eventual cost of your HVAC replacement installation.

Home Size

First, consider the size of your home. To provide even cooling to every room or zone of your house, you will need an HVAC that fits the space. Naturally, this means that smaller homes typically have more affordable HVAC solutions, while larger homes must invest in larger units.


Ductwork is what carries central air to every room in the house. Your ducts need to be in good condition and not too built-up with dust on the inside. Older homes that don’t have ductwork can increase the cost by up to $3000, while ductwork cleaning and repairing any found gaps will be more cost comparable to a maintenance visit.

HVAC Brand

The brand of your new HVAC unit can also influence the cost. Some brands are more costly than others but tend to offer competitive features, performance, or warranties in return.

SEER Value

The SEER value relates to the energy efficiency of your HVAC unit. A better SEER value means you might save on electric bills for months and years after your HVAC unit installation.

Common New HVAC Installation Costs by System Type

It’s also essential to get your HVAC installation costs based on the unit to be replaced. For example, central air costs more than a window unit, while each furnace has its predicted price range.

Air Conditioner Installation Costs

Central air typically costs between $1,200 and $5,000 for the unit, while installation hours may add $1,200 to $2,200 based on the difficulty and hours necessary to install your unit.

Furnace Installation Costs

Gas, electric, and boiler furnaces have individual price ranges, so the HVAC installation cost depends on the type of furnace you want:

  • Natural gas furnaces may cost between $700 and $6,000, with $1,000 to $3,000 for labor. 
  • Electric furnaces cost much less, between $600 and $3,000, with $1,000 to $3,500 for labor. 
  • Boilers usually cost between $3000 and $7500, but can exceed $10,000 for highly-complex installations.

Heat Pump Installation Costs

Heat pumps are heating and cooling mechanisms that work best in moderate temperatures. Heat pumps come in a wide variety and can range from $2000 to $6000, with installation ranging from $1000 to $3000.

HVAC Installation Financing Options

Fortunately, you don’t have to pay the total amount for your new HVAC system upfront. Because replacing your HVAC units when they go out is important for your health and quality of life at home, we can connect you with financing options to get the best deal at a pace you can afford.

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HVAC Installation Services in Cincinnati

Herrmann Services is a family-run business that proudly serves the Cincinnati community for over 50 years. Our dedicated HVAC technicians and support staff can help you select, price, and install the right HVAC unit replacement anytime. 

Whether you are experiencing an HVAC replacement emergency or are planning, we know how important it is to know your HVAC installation costs. To get a transparent quote and begin your HVAC replacement process call us at (513) 737-8423 or Request a quote online today!

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