How much does central air cost ?

Central air conditioning is the process by which a central air unit pushes cooler air throughout your house by forcing the cool air into ducts that vent out into each room. It is a must for anyone who lives in a region where you will experience higher temperatures for many months out of the year. Central air allows you to use your current force air heating system to move cooler air throughout your house without the need for window mounted air conditioning units. When considering the addition of a central air conditioning unit, you need to be aware that the price will depend on whether you already have a forced air heating system installed in your house.

Adding Central Air To Existing System.

If you already have a forced air heating system in your house, then adding on central air is not a difficult task. You will mainly be paying for the unit itself as well as the installation cost to add it to your current system. There will be no duct work to run and no additional gas or electric lines that need run. If you already have a forced air heating system, then you should plan on spending approximately $3,000 to $5,000 to add central air to your house. This price includes the price of the unit as well as installation.

Adding New Central Air.

If you do not already have a forced air heating system, then you will need to purchase a central air unit as well as run the duct work in order to accommodate the flow of the cooler air. On average, you will spend between $5,000 and $10,000 for a unit and installation of central air if duct work needs to be run throughout your house.

Additional Price Considerations:

When installing central air in your residence, you need to keep in mind that it will affect the entire climate of your house. Depending on the size of your house and the number of levels, installing ceiling fans could be needed in order to keep the warm air from being pushed to areas of your house that you do not want it.

Depending on where you live in the United States, there could be local building codes that require a government inspection of a newly installed central air system. Make sure that this is included in the price of your estimate if it is a requirement for your area.

Ductless Split Air Conditioner Unit Prices.

If you’re going for a ductless Split Air conditioner unit, the price is around $1,500 to $, 2000 per 600 Square foot space.  You may have to pay a different price for the installation based on your negotiation with the dealer.

Wall-Mounted Air Conditioner Prices.

This kind of unit is installed on the wall house through a window space. You don’t need to remove it during extremely winter season. The price for it is around $500 for a 400 square foot space.   There’s also the type that goes for $700 for a 1000 square foot space.  You have to pay a small amount of fee to get it installed.

Meanwhile, the installation cost for most brands of central air conditioning units stands around $500 and $2,000.  However, this depends on   the type of unit to be installed. Your physical location may also affect the installation price.  You can also negotiate the installation price with the dealer.

To get a better idea of costs, here are some air conditioning estimates from professionals.