Don't wait until temperatures drop to consider your furnace installation options. Once winter sets in, and demand for installation skyrockets, you'll be glad you stayed ahead of the rush.
What's the cost of keeping your home toasty throughout the cold season? Consider the following information to hone in on an expected price.
HVAC System Cost
It's best to break things down by furnace type. You have several options, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
· Electric Furnaces
Electric furnaces are often relied on in sections of the country that experience mild winters, such as in Southern states. They are efficient and often cleaner than other options, but they can be expensive to operate due to their power source.
The average cost of installation for an electric furnace is around $2,000 to $4,000. This is for a living space of 2,000 square feet.
· Oil Furnaces
Oil furnaces are a little outdated in comparison to other options. However, some homeowners still prefer them, especially in areas where oil is a cheap fuel source. Installation usually falls into the range of $3,000 to $5,000.
· Natural Gas Furnaces
Natural gas furnaces are not only highly efficient, they're also the most commonly installed option. While they offer quick and convenient heating, you'll need to be connected to a gas line to avail of this type of furnace. Expect to pay $5,000 to $7,000 for a gas furnace if you live in a 2,000-square-foot home.
· Propane Furnaces
Propane is another highly efficient option in terms of furnace fuel; in fact, it's more energy efficient than natural gas. A propane furnace for 2,000-square-foot home will cost $3,000 to $5,000. Also note that a gas furnace can be converted to use propane.
Trane Furnace: Blower Motor Options
Whether you're looking for heating or cooling options, Trane is known for reliability. When choosing a Trane furnace, you have your choice of systems featuring single-stage, two-stage, or variable-speed blower motors.
Single-stage blower motors are often the cheapest option, but they only operate at one speed. While newer single-stage blower motors on the market might offer some features to increase energy efficiency, they are still the least efficient of your options.
Trane furnaces with two-stage blower motors offer a middle ground in terms of cost and efficiency. They're typically less expensive than variable-speed options, but, thanks to their ability to operate on a lower power setting, they are more energy efficient than single-stage blowers, which only operate on full blast.
Variable-speed blower motors are typically the most expensive type. They come loaded with smart technology that constantly monitors the temperature in your living space and makes slight adjustments to maintain your heating preferences.