How Much Does It Cost To Install A Heat Pump?
Heat Pump Costs
A heat-pump can provide both heating and cooling to interior spaces, and in some cases heat domestic water supply. The various types of heat-pumps are seen in the table below.
In the following table the Cost figure is based on an average heat-pump installation; and includes all related labor, materials, supplies, transport, equipment, finish-trim, final adjustments and clean-up.
|Electric||Standard solution||Energy bill||$5,745|
|Wide capacity range||Air transfer primarily|
|Geothermal Active||Energy bill savings||Geo dependent||$10,353|
|Hydronic or air transfer||Plus ground work|
|Geothermal Free||More energy bill savings||More Geo dependent||$11,839|
|Hydronic or air transfer||Plus water-well work|
Typical capacity unit conversions are:
1 Ton = 12,000 BTU/h = 3.5 kW = 4.6 BHP
Domestic heating and cooling capacity demand always depends upon regional climate zone conditions. In Phoenix (AZ) for example, 1 Ton of cooling capacity will cool about 500 square feet of living space (well insulated and sealed). In Minot (ND) it will cool about 650 square feet (or 30% more).
Heating capacity demand per square foot follows a similar but reversed regional pattern. In regions near the 49th parallel for example, each Ton of cooling capacity indicates the need for 3 to 4 Tons of heating capacity.
Other considerations and costs
- Ground-installations cost will vary with soil and site conditions.
- Energy efficient heating and cooling will save money, and in some cases rebates may be available.
- For units of greater than 12,000 BTU/h (or 3.5 kilowatts, or 1 ton) a 240V or multi-phase electrical circuit is generally required.
- For a sunny room, add 10% more cooling capacity than required for room size.
- Add 600 BTU/h cooling per person if usually occupied by more than two persons.
- For the kitchen, add 4,000 more BTU/h cooling than required for room size.
- During the initial inspection the contractor should inform the homeowner of any and all necessary modification or upgrade on electrical circuits or building structure.
- Labor cost will rise with a “hidden” installation in a finished environment.
- These prices are for service in the immediate area of the provider.
- Taxes and permit fees are not included.
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- These products are usually supplied and installed by a specialist service and may not be suitable for DIY.
- Sheet metal duct, refrigeration piping, system testing and pressure balancing all require special tools and skills.
- Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
- Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
- Literature review of DIY Web sites.
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Cost by city
- New York, NY$16,631
- Bronx, NY$13,666
- Brooklyn, NY$11,390
- Philadelphia, PA$14,209
- Washington, DC$12,330
- Atlanta, GA$11,156
- Miami, FL$10,146
- Fort Lauderdale, FL$10,628
- Minneapolis, MN$12,468
- Chicago, IL$14,527
- Houston, TX$14,983
- San Antonio, TX$10,058
- Austin, TX$11,389
- Denver, CO$9,622
- Phoenix, AZ$10,152
- Las Vegas, NV$11,142
- Los Angeles, CA$12,555
- San Diego, CA$11,393
- San Jose, CA$13,761
- Seattle, WA$10,075
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