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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does it cost to install a heating system?

The cost of a heating system depends largely on the type and size of the heating system. For example:

To find out how much your new heating system will cost, contact heating and air companies near you and ask for free cost estimates.

What is the most common type of heating system?

The most common type of home heating system is a forced-air heating and cooling system. This type of heater involves a furnace, which is commonly powered by natural gas, forcing air through a series of ducts that distribute the hot air through different rooms in a house. Furnaces can run on other types of fuel, including electricity, propane and oil. This type of heating system is quite popular because it doubles as a path for air conditioning in the summer.

What is the most efficient heating system for a house?

Geothermal heating tends to be the most efficient way to heat a house when compared to traditional HVAC systems, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Geothermal heat pumps (also called ground-source heat pumps) transfer energy to and from the ground to supply heat, cool air and hot water.

Note that one of the most important ways to boost efficiency, save electricity and lower your heating bills is to make sure your house is weather-tight and well-insulated.

How much will it cost me to replace my furnace?

The national average for furnace replacement is between $1,800 and $2,500. The cost can range dramatically higher depending on the model of furnace you select, any repair work you require, your location and the cost of installation. Furnace installation costs can be more than the furnace itself due to the cost of doing business and the expertise needed to install the HVAC equipment. Installing a new furnace generally requires technical know-how and the proper tools and licensing. It’s best to hire a pro and budget for furnace installation rather than risk potentially unsafe DIY installation. This will ensure your home’s safety. Check to see if your HVAC contractor has the proper licensing to do the job. If you need duct repair or replacement, expect to pay more for your furnace installation costs. The price for duct repair could be an hourly rate ranging on average anywhere from $85 to $150 per hour, with additional costs for parts.

How long does it take to install a new heating system?

A new heating system generally takes a few days to install. Jobs that require new ductwork will take more time. And switching to a different type of heat fuel — propane, natural gas, oil or electricity — may require longer installation times as well, as they could require routing piping, regulators and other adjustments to your home.

How does a central heating system work in a house?

A central heating system consists of a boiler, heat pump or furnace. The furnace contains several parts, including burners that deliver and burn fuel, a blower, heat exchangers, a blower and a flue. The furnace will push air through the heat exchanger. Then, it will pump the warmed air through your air ducts to distribute heat throughout your home.

In the summertime, a central heating system can also provide air conditioning to cool and dehumidify your home.

What is a dual fuel heating system?

Dual fuel systems combine two types of heat fuels — typically gas and electric, the latter in the form of a heat pump — to boost heating performance and efficiency. These systems work with your furnace to deliver both hot and cold air.  A major advantage lies in the power of a heat pump, which provides cool air in the summer and heat in the winter.

When should you replace a heating system?

The better care you take of your heating system, the longer it will last. The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors estimates the following lifespans for heating systems:

  • Heat exchanger: 10-15 years
  • Heat pump: 10-15 years
  • Furnace: 15-25 years
  • Electric radiant heater: 40 years

If your heating system is broken, hire a contractor or a repair service to take a look at it. They can help you determine if it makes financial sense to replace your system or spend money on repairs. The good news is that replacing your old furnace will give you the opportunity to take advantage of newer, more efficient furnaces that can save you money on heating bills from the first cycle. 

How does a hot water baseboard heating system work?

In a hot water baseboard heating system, a boiler heats water and then the water passes through the system’s pipes and into the baseboard radiators in your home. Baseboard heating systems are generally quiet, and you’ll experience less heat loss when compared to a forced-air system. However, you can’t use radiant basement heating for cooling purposes.

What is a radiant heating system?

A radiant heating system can be installed in your floors or wall panels. A radiant floor heating system warms your home from the ground, providing uniform heating throughout your home. These systems are quiet, and they don’t require ductwork.

Reviews for Los Angeles furnace installation professionals
Jack D.
Ben and his team installed a new attic furnace and replaced some old ducting in my newly remodeled home. They did the work in one day and the new system works great. Air Pro is a professional company and is very easy to work with. I highly recommend them.
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Laura L.
Ben and his crew did a fantastic job at a very fair price. Air Pro replaced my HVAC system and moved my furnace into the attic. Ben took the time to explain the equipment and installation process and did not try to sell me anything I didn't need. The entire team was polite and professional. They were punctual, did their work efficiently and left my house clean. Ben was a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend Air Pro.
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Keith and Lorna M.
Excellent service, Excellent workmanship, Excellent value. I throughly reviewed all of the estimates and ratings of the companies and Carlos stood out from all others. He came out and gave us an estimate and even gave us a better deal when I inquired about another estimate I had received. He installed our new furnace and blower the next day! He even made sure that I completely understood how to operate my new Nest thermostat. I would highly recommend Carlos; he take pride in his work and is truly professional. He even repaired a hole in my roof. I’m truly a happy customer. Thanks Carlos 😊
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Jim C.
The company’s description in Thumbtack and on its website indicated that Home Upgrade Specialist, HUS, is more than simply a heating and air conditioning company. Our December 17 interview with the co-owner, reinforced that impression. First, we want to acknowledge that we are very pleased that HUS made good on its claim that installation of our central heating system would be completed before our house guests arrived on Christmas Day. The biggest problem is that there was very little consultation and poor communication. HUS never came to inspect the job or supervise the installers. After the system was installed the installers could not answer my questions about the use of the system, and they did not respond when asked for information that we would need for emergencies, and for submitting the warranty. The system blew out the electricity within two hours of using it. We looked for the circuit breaker, but there was none installed. We asked HUS to come to inspect and assess the situation. His installers came two days later, fixed the problem, and installed a circuit breaker. Two weeks have passed, the system works fine, however, one issue remains unresolved. HUS gave us a contract indicating the products and services rendered, and the total cost. When the installers came they told HUS that the outside entry door was too small for them to get the furnace into the attic and they would have to cut an access door in our hallway ceiling. HUS then told us that would add to the cost of the project. We agreed and asked to an up-dated contract. We never received the updated contract reflecting the additional cost for the access door to the ceiling. All we got was an email receipt indicating the total amount we paid along with the co-owner’s hand written notes reflecting the changes. We feel it is reasonable to have an accurate itemized invoice as well as a receipt. The system is working fine and that’s the bottom line. However, we would not recommend HUS to anyone because we value good communication, strong follow-up, and a caring professional relationship.
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