heating-system-budget.jpgAccording to Fixr, an online cost estimation and comparison service, the national average to install a gas central heating system in a home with pre-existing ductwork is between $6,000 and $8,000.

A total renovation (for a home without ductwork) doubles those estimates and varies from region to region, as climate can affect the type of heating system necessary to keep your family warm.  

Specific heating considerations, including the use of zoned comfort solutions or smart thermostats, can also increase the price. That's a big chunk out of your home maintenance budget, especially near the holiday season, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Warner Service reveals the steps you should take to properly budget for a new home heating system:

  • Consider the top factors. When it comes to purchasing an integral part of your home’s HVAC system, like a furnace, consider the following factors:

    • Energy efficiency. Many homeowners stray away from high-efficiency products because of their higher upfront costs. However, the purpose of this system is to actually save you money in the long run.

      The more energy efficient a product is, the more you save on monthly energy bills, fewer repairs, less HVAC maintenance, and more.

      For example, furnaces use Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings. The higher the rating, the more energy-efficient the furnace.

    • Fuel source and other specifying factors. Different HVAC system options work best, depending on where your home is located. You have the choice between heat pumps, ductless air systems, dual fuel systems, and more.

      You can also pick between a variable-speed gas furnace or single- or two-stage heating. Do you prefer a pilot light or electric ignition? Do you want a modulating furnace?

      Be sure to discuss options with a local heating contractor, who knows which system will work best with your home’s outdoor climate.

    • Proper system sizing. No matter which total home heating system you choose, it should be sized correctly in order to get optimal use. Proper sizing also leads to a longer lifespan, fewer repairs and replacements, and maximum energy efficiency.
  • Do your research. Many people believe that contractors will overcharge you for a heating system, and the best way to avoid this is to do your research.

    • Become familiar with components of an HVAC system, so you understand what the heating professional is talking about. Warner Service offers beginners blogs for boilers, furnace, heat pumps, ductless mini splits, and more.

    • Look up which brands offer the best satisfaction rating on Angie’s List or Consumer Reports, so you avoid buying a cheap unit that won’t last long or perform well in your home.

    • See how much the average unit cost using Fixr or HomeAdvisor. These websites allow you to view the state and national averages for specific projects, so you don’t get overcharged.

    • Check Angie’s List or Yelp when looking for estimates from local contractors. Reputation precedes projects when it comes to HVAC, and these websites show you ratings and reviews from past customers to help you avoid the stereotypical “shady” handyman.
  • Look for deals. Many local companies offer rebates and promotions near the holidays to offset the cost of a new system. If you're interested in a new home heating system, trust the experts and give Warner Service a call.

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