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Forced Air Heating System Costs

A forced air heating system uses air to distribute heat throughout the home. A series of ducts are installed in the home, and heated air is forced through these ducts and carried to different rooms in the home. The homeowner uses a thermometer to set the air's temperature, and once the home reaches the desired temperature, the unit will shut off. It will reactivate once the home drops below the desired temperature.

Gas furnaces, electric furnaces, heat pumps and hydraulic coils are used to heat the air. Many forced air heating systems are energy efficient and can keep a home warm throughout the entire winter. Forced air systems can be incorporated with the home cooling system or the central air system. This allows the homeowner to have control of the temperature in their home year-round.

The Costs 

  • Maximum cost of forced air heating furnace: $2,600
  • Minimum cost of forced air heating furnace: $775

Tools and supplies for this project will cost between $155 and $180. The cost of the furnace itself is between $775 and $930. This makes the total cost of this project between $930 and $1,115. These numbers assume that the homeowner does all the work themselves and use the cheapest model of furnace, duct work and tools available.

The most expensive furnace model and about nine hours of professional labor would cost between $1,030 and $1,210. A high-quality furnace would be approximately $2,600. Supplies would be roughly $200. The total cost for professional installation is between $3,830 and $4,010.

Materials Needed for Forced Air Installation

The following is a list of materials needed for forced air heating installation:

  • The heating unit
  • Varying sizes of wrenches
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Ductwork
  • Screwdrivers
  • Duct tape
  • Hacksaw and tin snips

While homeowners can install the HVAC system in their home, there are good reasons to hire a professional contractor. Improperly installed gas units can lead to fires or explosions, and it may void the warranty of the furnace. A contractor can easily install a gas furnace with few complications, and professionals carry insurance should there be problems later.

Advantages of Forced Air Heating 

Homeowners with forced air systems can easily connect an air conditioning system without needing to install new ductwork or new vents. Forced air heating systems will heat the home quicker than radiant heating and will keep the temperature in the home relatively even. Forced air systems are usually a lot less expensive to install and are more attractive systems.

The ease with which filters can be changed and the inexpensive cost of filters are additional advantages of a forced air system. For a relatively small amount of money, a homeowner can guarantee that the air that circulates through their home is virtually particle free.

Disadvantages of Forced Air Heating

Forced air systems require more maintenance than radiant heating systems; they require ducts to be cleaned and repaired on a regular basis. Preventative maintenance must be done on the furnace, and air filters need to be changed. Forced air systems allow more dust and debris to get inside of the home and tend to be somewhat louder than radiant heating sources.

Forced air systems are not energy efficient. Warm air must first heat the air ducts before being distributed throughout the home. Air ducts that come in contact with the cold air will constantly draw heat from the heating system.

Last updated on May 17, 2016

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