Geothermal Heating and Cooling Cost 2018: Pros & Cons, Comparisons

Growth in the geothermal heating and cooling market averages 12% annually, as demand continues to rise for highly efficient HVAC systems leveraging sustainable energy.

Today, system pricing is more competitive than it was a decade ago because there are many more manufacturers selling ground-source heating and cooling systems and there are more experienced installers competing for projects.

Cost

Most homeowners can expect to pay between $12,000 and $30,000 for a complete geothermal heating and cooling system installed.

High-end ground-source heat pump systems for larger homes can cost as much as $30,000 to $45,000.

The size of your home and its location, available land, the type of soil, local climate, condition and usability of current duct work, and the type of heat pump you choose will impact the overall cost.

Let’s itemize the cost of a geothermal heat pump system in the following table:

Equipment Equipment
Cost
Total Cost with
Horizontal Loop
Total Cost with
Vertical Loop
Packaged Water to Air Heat Pump* $3,300 to $7,000 $12,000 to $20,000 $15,750 to $24,000
Split Water to Air Heat Pump $3,850 to $7,500 $14,250 to $23,000 $17,500 to $27,000
Packaged Water to Water System** $4,000 to $8,000 $16,250 to $25,000 $19,500 to $30,000

* Water to air systems are forced air systems. In Winter, heat is collected with water circulating through the pipes in the ground, and transferred to air being forced by a blower fan through your home’s ductwork.

The opposite occurs in summer. Heat is collected from the air in your home, transferred to the water in the pipes, which are then cooled by stable ground temperatures.

** Water-to-water systems are hydronic systems. Heat is transferred between the water in the loop system and water in an indoor radiant heat floor system or baseboard heat system.

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2018 Window Replacement Cost Guide for Home Owners

New windows are a large expense and a decision homeowners will have to live with for decades, so getting it right is essential.

via Accent Home Improvements

We’ll cover basic window styles and their costs next, but first you should know that you have three main options for replacement windows: insert or pocket windows, full-frame replacements and sash kits:

Insert/Pocket windows: these are designed as replacement windows. The interior trim and old window sashes are removed. If the original window frame is in good condition, it can remain.

The replacement window is inserted into the pocket space left by the old sashes, and it is secured to the side jambs.

Insert windows cost more to install. Because the window fits into an existing window frame, there is more framing and slightly less window pane than with full-frame windows. They are installed from inside the house.

Full-frame windows: these are also called new construction windows. They have a nailing fin around the perimeter used to secure them to the house from the outside of the home before the nailing fin is covered by siding and trim.

Full-frame windows are more air-tight than replacement windows, but are only a cost-effective solution if you’re also replacing your home’s siding.

Sash kits: The sashes are the moving parts of a window – glass surrounded by a wood frame. Sash kits are brand-specific, so they’re used when replacing a damaged window rather than a house full of old windows. Sash kits are made for a very limited number of window brands and series.

Cost

On average, you can expect to pay between $450 and $850 to install a new vinyl replacement window. This translates to a typical project cost of $4,500 to $8,500 to install/replace 10 vinyl windows in a typical house.

Note: Your home’s location and local real estate prices and/or local economy/cost of living, window accessibility (1st floor vs. 3rd floor) and scope of additional work, window quality, and project size will materially impact costs.

Below we list total average per-window costs for popular residential options:

  1. Basic aluminum: $300-$525
  2. Composite (See materials below): $325-$700
  3. Basic vinyl: $350-$600
  4. Better vinyl: $475-$825
  5. Basic wood: $500-$850
  6. Fiberglass: $600-$900
  7. Better wood: $700-$1,000
  8. Best wood: $900-$1,350 and up

Cost of Materials:

Let’s overview material costs by basic, better, and best window quality.

  • Basic windows: $85-$325
  • Better windows: $325-$800
  • Best windows: $550-$1,500
  • Fixed (non-opening) windows: 15%-30% less than windows that open and close.
  • Bay and Bow windows: 2-4 times the cost of standard windows depending on window types used to construct the assembly. For example, a bay window might include a large fixed window with 1 or 2 smaller fixed or moving windows on either side.

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2018 Skylight Installation Costs: Velux, Fakro, Kennedy

Skylights transform a room, bringing in the outdoors from above, like a window on the sky. Benefits include natural light that reduces the need for artificial lighting and room ventilation with skylights that open.

This skylight buying guide covers top brands, their products and prices, installation costs and skylight options.

Cost

On average, you can expect to pay between $1,375 and $2,210 to install a new fixed or vented skylight measuring up to 30 by 48 inches in size/window dimensions.

All else being equal, it will cost a lot less to install a new skylight during the construction of a new home.

Re-roofing is the next best time to install a new skylight on your property, while cutting-in a hole to install a skylight in the existing roof will be significantly more expensive.

Your home’s location and local cost of living will have a material impact on the total cost installed.  Ease of roof access will also impact costs.

The table below provides a further breakdown of costs for materials and installation:

Low Average High
Skylight costs: $35-$125 $275-$535 $1,400-$2,000
Installation costs: $275-$735 $1,100-$1,675 $1,985-$2,400
Total installed cost: $485-$860 $1,375-$2,210 $3,385-$4,400
Features: Plastic
Fixed
Skylight or tube
Up to 22″
No blinds
Plastic or glass
Fixed or vented
Skylight or tube
Up to 30×48
Blinds optional
Manual or remote open
Electric or solar
Glass
Vented
Skylight
Up to 34×70
Blinds optional
Remote open
Electric or solar

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