Air conditioning & Cleaning Costs.

Good ventilation, cooling, and air quality are essential for comfortable living. If you are thinking about installing a new room air conditioning unit, window air conditioning unit or air cleaning unit then you’ll want to know roughly how much it’s going to cost. Firstly, you should check with your local authority regarding any approval or permits that might be required. A permit is normally required for air conditioning units.

Air Conditioner Costs.

Room Air Conditioner : Average costs for a room air conditioner unit range from $195 to $540 and vary according to power output, brand and size. Top-end models will usually include higher heating /cooling capacity, a better energy efficiency ratio, and components such as fans and heat exchangers designed to last longer than in less expensive units.

Installation costs for room air conditioning units vary greatly from $55 for a very simple installation to $195 for a more advanced unit, depending on the type of unit and location. An average of $100 to $125 is a good budget for installation by an experienced, licensed and insured air conditioning contractor. Installation costs include all the necessary cabling and components to connect and operate the room air conditioning unit safely and correctly.

Window Air Conditioner : A window air conditioning unit can cost from $175 to $240 for the air conditioning unit while installation costs, depending on the exact location and requirements, run between $55 and $195. The average cost of a medium quality window air conditioner and installation is $420 in total.

Air Cleaning Unit Costs.

Room Air Cleaning Unit : This type of unit operates using a carbon filter which eliminates micro particles from the air such as pollen, dust and spores. Many of these units can also degrade toxic chemicals and carbon dioxide as well as eliminating odors. Some units also have ultraviolet light which kills smaller bacteria and viruses not trapped by the filter.

Unit costs range from as little as $140 to $470 for a top of the range model. Installation costs range from $105 to $290. The average costs of a room air cleaning unit fully installed is in the region of $490 for a medium quality unit.

Whole House Media Air Cleaning Unit : Another option is installing a whole house media (or built-in) air cleaning unit which is installed directly into the main duct of the heating/cooling system. This unit traps and filters small particles such as dust and pollen. Costs are typically from $105 to $160 for the unit itself and installation costs can vary between $105 to $290 with an average installation costing $198 including all components, clamps and operational equipment. The average cost for a medium quality whole house media air cleaning unit and installation is in the region of $310 in total.

HEPA Air Cleaning Unit : A top-end HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter such as the type used in automobiles and airplanes, as well as in homes, is required by the DOE to filter out a minimum of 99.97% of particles greater in size than 0.3 micrometers in the air which is forced through it.  These units can cost between $450 and $630 depending on the exact specifications and installation costs range from $105 to $290. The average costs of a HEPA air cleaning unit plus installation is around $725 in total.

Getting estimates from approved, licensed HVAC contractors in your area allows you to make sure that you get the right equipment for your home and that it will be compatible with your air conditioning or air cleaning needs.

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