In this article we will discuss the cost of central air conditioner installation in different scenarios, like what if you have duct systems already installed, and vice versa. We will discuss these and many more cases and try to guage the cost you will incur in each scenario.
The cost of central air without existing air ducts
Central air conditioner installation can be done even in the absence of air ducts. In this case, the channels must also be installed. The labor cost for this is $1,250 to $2,300, the unit cost, and the cost of new ductwork – $1,800 to $3,300 for labor and materials. This brings the average cost of a 3-ton unit to about $7,000. Costs may vary if larger or smaller units or larger channels are required.
The cost of adding air conditioning to the existing furnace
If you already have an existing furnace, ducts are also installed. This significantly reduces the total cost of installation. Unit and installation costs average between $3,750 and $9,800, with most people paying around $3,050 to $4,500 for a complete 3-ton unit installation.
Central air costs by location
Unit and installation costs may vary by accommodation type. In multifamily dwellings, central air may need to be supplied to multiple units, not just a single unit. This means using much larger units. The same applies to apartments, but since they are individually owned, the cost varies depending on whether air flows to all units or just one. Also, whether these channels are already installed