How Much Does a Gas Furnace Cost in Minnesota? It Depends

Installing a gas furnace in Minnesota can cost on average $2,500 to 5,500+.

Why such a wide range? 

Well, the cost depends on these 4 factors:

  • Energy efficiency (AFUE) 
  • Comfort features
  • System size 
  • The installer your hire

Contact a local Minnesota furnace installer to get an accurate furnace estimate.

Read on to learn how the above options affect the price.

Energy efficiency (AFUE) 

The more energy efficient your furnace, the more money you’ll save on your monthly energy bills. 

Of course, higher efficiency furnaces also cost more to buy and install.  

How to interpret furnace efficiency ratings
Just like a car’s efficiency is measured in MPG, a furnace’s energy efficiency is measured in AFUE, which is represented as a percentage.

For example, a furnace with an AFUE of 90% means that, for every dollar you spend on heating, 90 cents actually heats your home and 10 cents is wasted due to inefficiencies.

Categories of furnace efficiencies
There are two levels of furnace efficiencies:

  • Conventional (mid-efficiency) furnaces: 80%-84% AFUE
  • Condensing (high-efficiency) furnaces: 90%-98+% AFUE

While condensing furnaces will cut your energy bills immensely in Minnesota’s frigid weather, they do cost more to buy and install. 

How to know if a condensing furnace is worth the extra upfront cost 

  1. Get two furnace estimates, one for conventional and one for condensing, from a furnace contractor. 
  2. Use this energy savings calculator to compare the energy savings of each furnace to the upfront cost. 

If you need free furnace estimates and live in Minnesota, give us a call.

Comfort features 

You furnace’s cost and level of comfort it provides is affected by these two furnace features: 

  • The blower type, which circulates air in your home
  • The burner type, which controls the flow of fuel

Higher quality blowers and burners provide more even heating throughout your home, eliminating cold spots and improving the furnace’s efficiency. But, of course, they are also more expensive.

Blower types from worst to best:

  • Single-speed: Provides air only at full blast or not at all.
  • Multi-speed: Provides air at low, medium or high speeds, depending on what you need. It’s just like having different gears on a car. 
  • Variable-speed: Can incrementally adjust how much air it blows based on your heating needs. 

Burner types from worst to best:

  • Single-stage burner: Provides heat only at full blast or not at all. Just like a car that can only work at 60 MPH or at a dead stop.  
  • Two-stage (or dual-stage) burner: Can run at a high or low setting. The additional low setting allows the furnace to keep the heat from dropping too low beyond your thermostat setting while not having to run at full blast.
  • Modulating burner: Adjusts burner to precisely meet your heating needs, keeping your home’s temperature constant. 

If you’re a visual person, watch this video that explains blower types and burner types.  

System size  (BTUs)

Furnace “size” is the amount of heat it can put out at once, not the physical size of the furnace. 

Bigger furnace = more expensive furnace.

However, you don’t get to pick the size since it’s based on your various factors (sq ft of the home, number of windows, the climate, the furnace’s efficiency.)

How to find the furnace size you need
Contact a furnace installer to have them perform a Manual J Heat Load Calculation. Think of this calculation like measuring your foot to find the right shoe size—but with way more numbers involved.

Most contractors will offer the installation estimate free of charge, so you can easily compare different contractors’ estimates.

Speaking of installers...

The installer your hire

 A high-quality installer typically costs more, increasing the overall upfront cost. But it will pay for itself in the long run. Think of it like this: A high-efficiency furnace that’s poorly installed will perform worse than a mid-efficiency furnace that’s installed correctly.

How to find a high-quality furnace installer 
The Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency Association (ACCA) offers some guidelines:

  • Ask your neighbors for referrals.
  • Read online reviews, but don’t rely solely on them.
  • Contact the contractors and invite them to your house to discuss your system and your options. 
  • Ask the right questions (Are your technicians NATE certified? Do you offer continuing education to your employees? Can you provide local references? Do you offer a service agreement plan? Are you properly licensed? Ask for proof!) 
  • Make sure your contractor knows what “Manual J” and “Quality Installation” are. 

Need a free furnace estimate in Minnesota?

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We serve the Hastings, Apple ValleyBurnsvilleCottage GroveEaganWoodburyLakevilleRosemountStillwater, the Twin Cities and more with quality HVAC service.

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