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Central AC Cost Consideration

PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:40 am
by Service
Installing a central air conditioner is not a do-it-yourself project, so you should discuss the following with a qualified air-conditioning contractor:

First, find out whether your house can readily accept an air-conditioning system. Installing one usually only makes sense if a house is being newly constructed or has a forced-air heating system that the air conditioner can piggyback on. Retrofitting the needed ductwork is simply too expensive in most cases.

Even in a home with usable ductwork, a standard central air-conditioning system can cost $3,000 to $6,000 or more installed. Because the cost depends on so many variables, the only way to pinpoint it is to get at least three bids.

And, if you are replacing an aging system, be sure to replace both the outdside condensing unit and the indoor evaporator. If you just replace the condensing unit, potential gains of a higher-efficiency unit may be for not.