Four Costs Associated With Heat Pump Upgrades

Are you thinking about adding a heat pump to a home or property? Check out what kinds of costs are involved.

Lots of older properties can benefit from getting a heat pump installed on-site. In many cases, the overall costs are going to be balanced by massive savings in winter heating bills. For instance, some old buildings may have gas or oil furnaces that are improperly calibrated and burning hundreds of dollars worth of fuel in one winter month.

Here are some of the things that shoppers should know about when looking at heat pump options.

Cost of the Heat Pump Unit

The cost of the heat pump unit differs depending on the brand and model -- but these items don't come cheap. Buyers may be able to get a better deal on a starter model or generic built heat pump, but when you get toward a top rated model such as a TRANE, you start to see much bigger price tags. Shoppers can generally expect to pay a few thousand dollars for a good heat pump.

Costs of Labor

It can cost hundreds of dollars to prepare a site, fit a home space for installation, and install the heat pump on-site. Workers have to make sure that the pump is properly set up on a level and supportive space, and that there is sufficient room for all of the connections to the heat pump. Area prep and cleanup are often included these costs.

Materials Costs

There will be typically be some other costs related to materials and equipment such as tubing, piping and assorted accessories and adjustments. These don't usually rise above a couple of hundred dollars, but it's something to keep in mind when looking at the overall cost of getting a heat pump for a property.

Duct Work Costs

This last cost issue is a major one -- the cost of retro-fitting duct work or adding ventilation to a property can be enormous. There is the logistical struggle to including vents and duct work where there was none before, as well as the cost of actual installation. The bottom line is that properties that have existing duct work for central air are going to be much easier to install a heat pump in, because there's no need for workers to go in adjust or run duct work. For properties that don't have existing duct work, such as properties that have electric baseboard heating, an upgrade is going to be much more expensive.

For more information, contact Enright and Sons or a similar company.