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If you have recently learned that you need to replace your home's HVAC system in Massachusetts, you may be bracing yourself for sticker shock. Many who have never replaced an HVAC unit have heard that the cost can be significant. Educating yourself about the cost of the unit and the labor costs associated with installation may be enlightening and can assist with your budgeting and planning efforts.
Typical Labor Costs for Installation Services
The average hourly labor rate for HVAC professionals is about $20 to $30 per hour. The rate will vary slightly based on the company you choose to work with, which area of the state you are in and the experience of the professionals. You can call around to a few different HVAC companies today to find a low labor rate in your area. The rate is only one aspect of the labor costs. The other factor is the number of man-hours required to perform the installation. If existing ducts can be used during the installation, the cost will be lower. It is safe to estimate about 16 to 20 hours of labor for installation with existing duct work, and often, this work can be completed within a single by a two or three -man team. However, if ducts need to be installed, the cost can quickly escalate to $5,000, $10,000 or more depending on the significance of the work that needs to be done.
The Cost of the Unit
Upon researching HVAC unit prices in more detail, you will learn that one of the biggest factors affecting the price of a unit is its BTU rating. The BTU rating indicates how much power the unit has to heat or cool your space. You can use a BTU chart to estimate the BTU rating that is suitable for your space. However, factors such as the number of people in your home, if your home is properly insulated and more may indicate the need to invest in a slightly more or less powerful unit. Further, the energy rating of an HVAC unit will affect the price. Investing in a more energy efficient unit now can result in savings in utility bills over the years. You can refer to the expert advice of an HVAC professional for assistance in determining which unit is best for your home.
Savings Through Rebates
The combined cost of the unit plus labor for installation can be significant, but bear in mind that many people can benefit from different rebates offered. These rebates may be offered by local, state or federal governments or by the local electricity company. You can learn more about the rebates through your Internet search, or you can ask your HVAC service provider for information about the rebates you may qualify for. In some cases, these rebates have yield thousands of dollars in savings to homeowners.
Replacing your HVAC unit in Massachusetts can be an expensive undertaking. However, through your education in labor and HVAC unit pricing and through your efforts at researching rebates, you can avoid spending more than necessary.