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Central A/C Installation 

Central air conditioning is a vital investment if you live in a hot climate and need to regulate the temperature in your home. Whether you need to replace an existing system or are looking to install a new AC unit at your property, it’s a task best left to the professionals. Hiring a contractor ensures the work is carried out to the highest standard, leaving you to sit back, relax, and look forward to a home that's cool and comfortable.

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Cost to add central air

The cost of central AC installation varies widely, depending on the type of system you need and the condition of the existing duct work in your home. Prices can range from around $3,300 to $5,000* or more.


Central AC installation cost breakdown

Heat pumps

Best suited to homes in a moderate climate, this system extracts warm air in the summer and pumps warm air in during the winter. Costs vary depending on the size of your home and the type of pump. A geothermal pump is one of the most expensive options, at an average of $7,800*, but is highly efficient.


Packaged central air systems 

Ideal if you don’t have much spare space for your new AC unit, a packaged central air system is made up of a condenser and evaporator unit housed together in a single unit usually located on your roof. This type of central AC installation can cost from $1,800 to $3,000* without labor. 


Split air conditioning systems 

Split systems are efficient and often less expensive than a packaged system. They consist of a condensing unit outside your home and an evaporator coil and air handler inside. The cost to install this type of central air conditioning can rise to $1,700*, plus labor. 


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages of central air conditioning?
The cost to put in central air might seem like a lot, but a new AC unit will improve the temperature in your home and filter the air, removing dust and other unwanted particles. It’s also quieter, less noticeable, and more efficient than window units. 
How often will I need to clean my new central air conditioning system?
Central air conditioning units require regular maintenance once installed. You will need to clean your ducts and vents once a year or hire a professional to do this for you.
How long will it take to install my new AC system?
How long will my new AC unit last?
Most AC units are guaranteed by the manufacturer to last for at least a decade if they are properly maintained. Speak to your contractor about their own warranty for repairs and additional labor. 

*Cost estimates referenced are sourced from HomeAdvisor, Angie’s List and other national home improvement websites


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