Average Costs for Spring Home Upgrades

From on May 03, 2011 in Energy Efficiency

In case you haven’t heard, May is National Home Improvement Month! So of course, we’re celebrating home improvement like crazy over here. What that means for you is extra remodeling value, pictures and goodies.

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Today I’ll provide some useful cost averages for spring’s most popular home upgrades. All of these improvements are designed to seal up the envelope of your home, reducing your energy bills and helping you conserve where it counts.

Energy-Efficient Tax Credits

First off, know that certain energy-efficient upgrades can earn you federal tax credits. Upgrading to a new heating and cooling system, for example, can knock off $300 from the cost of the installation. For energy-qualified new windows and doors, you can get $500, or 10% of the first $5,000 spent. To find out how much home upgrades cost in your area, click here.

HVAC is Amazing

spring remodeling hvac Let’s start with HVAC. While admittedly not the sexiest home upgrade, a new energy-efficient HVAC system saves you 25-30% on your heating and cooling bills. That’s great and all, but how much are the systems themselves?

  • Central air conditioning - $1,500 to $3,000
  • Warm air furnace - $1,500 to $3,800
  • Hot water boiler - $2,500 to $3,500
  • Attic ventilation - $250 to $450

The $300 federal rebate, plus immediate and long-term savings on your energy bills make HVAC an amazing investment. Get more localized pricing info here.

New Windows, Quicker Payback

spring remodeling windows Also cost-effective are replacement windows. The government pays you back up to $500 for new windows installed in 2011, which then cut your energy bills by 15-30% monthly.

Average costs for window replacements are:

  • Existing window replacement - $200 to $500 each
  • Upgrading to storm windows - $60 to $100 each

Price quotes on new windows are available here.

More Green Upgrades

Other notable home improvement costs:

What are your remodeling plants this spring? Let us know in the comments! Cost data via Carla Harbert

Photo Credit: Martins Buka, Construction Week & Tar Heel Basement