Central air conditioners are generally forced-air systems that circulate cool air through your home through pre-installed ductwork. When the air becomes warm again, it’s circulated back into the system through return ducts and registers.
If you’re using a portable or wall-mounted air conditioner, installing a centralized air system will help you increase efficiency and allow you to cool your entire home for the same (or less) energy than individual unit(s). Central a/c can also act as a dehumidifier, pulling moisture out of the air as it is distributed through the house.
Which Central Air System Should You Choose?
A central air conditioner is usually installed two different ways- in a split system or as a packaged unit.
A split-system central air conditioner has components that are installed outside of the home (usually the condenser and compressor) and a component inside (usually the evaporator). Some units also include a furnace or part of a heat pump. The evaporator coil is installed inside or the main supply duct of your existing furnace or heat pump. A split-system installation works best if you already have an existing furnace but are looking to install a/c in your home.
A packaged central air conditioner combines all the components together—the unit is placed on a roof or on a concrete slab next to your house. Ductwork is run from inside the home through the roof or wall to connect with the system. You can use electric heating coils or a natural gas furnace to power your unit, and eliminate the need to have a furnace installed indoors.
There are several other things you need to consider when you’re pricing out and installing central air:
- Make sure it’s sized appropriately—to ensure energy efficiency and eliminate costly long-term repairs, you need to ensure your system is sized appropriately based on the square footage of your home, how many, and what kind of windows you have.
- Most repairs for central a/c are caused by improper installation—be sure you have a quality HVAC contractor install your system that will take the time to do it right.
- If you need multiple zones, be sure to specify that in your quote. Variable cooling in different areas tends to require a slightly different unit than traditional central air systems.
- Most air conditioners have an average lifespan of 15-18 years—if you’re repairing an older unit, be sure to consider the age of the unit.
No matter what system and what options you choose, Pro HVAC Service can connect you with a reputable local contractor for your project. Get a free estimate today.
Average Cost of Central Air Installation
Total costs for central air conditioning depends on several different factors. Some of the most common items that affect the price include:
- The size of your home
- The number of windows your home has
- The quality of the insulation in your attic and your walls
- The tonnage and SEER Rating of the a/c unit you select.
The average price to install a central air conditioner will range from $3,500 to $4,500, but could cost more depending on where you’re located, what contractor you select, what additional options you want to include, and if you have to repair, add, or replace existing ductwork throughout the home.
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