New Gas Furnace Prices and Installation Costs

Controlling the climate of your home during chilly months requires a heating source and way to distribute that energy. A modern gas furnace can be your best option for a home heating source. Selecting the ideal furnace for your home can be had with a few steps that we’ll guide you through.

Gas Furnace Installation Cost Information

For a fully installed furnace, plan to spend between $2000 and $6000. The furnace units themselves are usually under $1500. But professional installation is in your best interest, for reasons we’ll explain below. The current national average is about $4200 for a new furnace installation.

HVAC contractors typically charge $50 to $75 per hour for their work, and may include an assistant, or team of three, to complete the job. Their helpers often earn $50 an hour as well. Installation generally requires 10 man hours at minimum, but can easily go up due to many reasons, usually related to adjusting or updating the forced air system.

If significant updates are needed to your ductwork, this can add up to $15,000 to the cost. Typically, it is under $10,000 and often these additional charges are only steep if converting from say an electric furnace to a gas one.

Other costs that may be included include paying for a permit and inspection services (check with your local municipality), removal and disposal of an older furnace, and miscellaneous materials needed to complete the installation.

Gas Furnace Prices for Top Brands

If you look just at the Energy Star list, which shows the many models on the market that have their stamp of approval (for being high in energy efficiency), you’ll see a good 30 brands. At least one of our top recommendations is not on their list, even though their models obtain a 98 AFUE. Go figure!

Another thing you may not realize is that many popular manufacturers normally make more than one brand of gas furnaces, with each brand typically falling into either the basic, mid-range, or premium product category.

The makers of Carrier, for instance, are United Technologies and they also make Bryant, Day & Night, Payne and Tempstar.

Carrier is considered a premium brand with reputation for reliability, while Payne is considered “budget friendly.” The technology among the devices is nearly identical. 😉

Here are the Top Five Gas Furnace Brands:

1 – Goodman – these are made by the same company that manufactures the more popular Amana brand. Goodman has basic models that come in at 80 AFUE and high efficiency models with up to 98 AFUE.

Warranties range from 20 years (for basic models) to lifetime (for premium models). You may not find the latest and greatest features in their lineup, but the ones we’ve mentioned are available. And most importantly, they are affordable, ranging from as low as $400 (for their electric furnaces) to $2100 for the highest premium (gas) model.

You can reasonably plan to spend $700 to $1200 for a Goodman furnace, though this doesn’t include installation.

2 – Day & Night – again made by the same company that makes Carrier and Bryant brands. While the external structure looks different from the other brands made by the same manufacturer, the inner technology is nearly identical.

Similar to Goodman, these too achieve up to 98 AFUE, have 20 year warranty, and features that rival premium brands, such as modulating heat.

Like Goodman, they lack on reputation, but not on quality.  You can reasonably plan to spend $850 to $1250 for a Day & Night furnace, not including installation.

3 – York – this company also makes Coleman and Luxaire. York is a long established brand.

York warranties range from 5 years to lifetime depending on the model. They have multiple offerings in their furnace lineup ranging from the 80 to 95 AFUE.

York basic model is affordable at around $800, but their mid-grade and premium jump to $1400 or more.

York furnaces have a reputation for having noisier than average equipment, though their technology has evolved to include noise dampening features.

4 – Trane and American Standard are sister products. Both are on the premium side of brand names.

Trane is considered a top choice on the commercial product line of furnaces and thus their technological prowess is well known. For residential, they are pricier than our top two choices.

Trane AFUE goes up to 95, while they never skimp on features in their lineup. You can plan to pay $1300 and up for a Trane furnace, not including installation.

5 – Carrier rounds off our list based mostly on their reputation for reliability. They are another premium brand and arguably over priced considering what Day & Night is offering.

Carrier AFUE ranges from 80 to 98, and their features are essentially identical to the Day & Night offerings. Still, there are many thousands of satisfied Carrier customers who enjoy having a unit that will last 20+ years.

Plan to spend $1250 and up for Carrier furnaces, not including installation.

One final note, you can plan to spend more for installation on premium brands than the more affordable brands.

Part of this is the prestige factor that comes with being a ‘certified brand seller’ and the fact the market for premium furnaces allows for greater markup on those units.

Thus a Day & Night basic furnace may cost around $2000 installed, while the lowest you’ll likely find the Carrier basic model installed is $3000.

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House Fencing Costs: Materials and Installation Planning & Pricing Guide

Picture a yard fence. What’s it made of? How do the fence posts appear? What color is it? These are all rhetorical questions to have you realize there is far more design options to fences than most people consider.

Height of a fence is an important factor, along with the choice of material, color and post design. Plus, you’ll probably want a gate, depending on how much the fence encloses the yard, or other segment of your property. Each of these items comes at a cost, and we’ll walk you through that to help plan your project and determine reasonable cost expectations.

Cost

The average cost has a very wide range, from $3.50 to over $20 per linear foot installed. While that isn’t exactly helpful, it does help to understand which materials are more expensive. The average yard fence fits into a range of $1,800 to $3,500, which is based on 200 linear feet, or enough to fence a quarter acre lot.

The average lot size in the U.S. is 17,590 sq.ft. or about .4 acres. This is according the 2010 Census information.

Outside of metropolitan areas, it goes to over a half acre (.64 to be exact). Fencing though is not measured by square footage, as presumably it would be around the inner edge of the perimeter. Instead, costs are determined by linear foot.

Before we get into the many factors that contribute to fencing costs, there are preliminary considerations.

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Exterior House Painting Price Guide – Hiring a Pro vs. DIY

Adding a fresh coat, or two, of paint to the outside of your house can be a highly satisfying home improvement project.

When done, the neighbors will be sure to notice it and hopefully compliment you. With quality paint, you’ll rest assured your home is good to go for another decade or so, showing off its visual outer layer.

It can also be a fun home improvement project. Focusing on design, immersed in colors, hopefully getting help from a partner, or three — all add to the fun. Though, doing a high quality job will likely require hiring a pro.

Going the DIY route will save on labor costs. Yet, some parts of the overall job can be slow going, unless painting homes is your livelihood. But, who says, you have to do all the work yourself? Or that a pro has to do all the work for you?

Whatever part of the job doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, you can hire a painting contractor for those steps.

The DIY approach

Before grabbing a paint can and brush, there a few things to plan for. Actually, the planning stages can easily take longer than the application of paint. The basic steps are:

  1. Plan for a period of time when it will be dry – likely during warmer months, though above 50 degrees and dry is the key.
  2. Survey the house / work to be done – be sure you know where main color goes and where trim paint goes. Also be on the lookout for any obvious places that could use repair.
  3. Thoroughly clean the old paint – this means using a pressure washer, wet rag (for trim), sanding and scraping. Ideally, you get to a clean, smooth dry surface.
  4. Optional repairs – In the previous step, damaged/rotten wood may make itself visible when thorough cleaning is done. Now is the time to repair. Arguably, this is the most important part of this job as it deals with structure of the house.
  5. Visit your paint store – pick out the color scheme, get the materials. Don’t worry, we list some of the materials later on to help you out.
  6. Prime the house – some paints today are mixed with a primer. Most are not, and this is the first coat to ensure the outer layer has something it can adhere to.
  7. Paint the main color – one coat if on a budget, two coats to be like the pros
  8. Paint the trim – this is likely a different color than the main house color, and it may be more than one additional color. Up to you!
  9. Paint doors, porches, shutters and other items attached to the house. Generally this is the same as the main color, but how you color scheme is up to you.
  10. Cleaning up – do not forget this step. You’ll gain much more satisfaction once this step is done. Unattended to paint, left anywhere, can make for a bigger mess than you may think. Also, make sure all unused paint is properly sealed and stored. Touch ups down the road can be had at no cost if the paint is appropriately sealed.

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