To install a central air conditioning system in a home that has never had central air will require ducts to be installed in the attic and / or basement, running between-floor connections through closets. Installing a central air conditioning unit can be a costly undertaking, running between $5,000 and $10,000. However, this project can add up to 10% value to the overall home, making this an excellent investment in your residence.
A homeowner in Merrimack, NH was ready to take the plunge. After suffering through another sweltering summer, trying to make do with her window air conditioners, the decision had been made to install central air conditioning in the home.
Adding Ductwork for Central Air Conditioning
The bulk of the labor installing central air conditioning is in adding ductwork to the home. To do this it may be necessary to cut into the ceiling, walls or floor. An experienced contractor can do so in such a way that the area can be retrofitted to hide the ductwork. A panel can also be installed so that the ductwork can be accessible in the future if service is needed. Despite the need to make these cuts, today’s ductwork is small and unobtrusive, leaving no lasting damage behind.
The homeowner in Merrimack had the misconception that the home’s layout would need to be changed to accommodate installing a central air conditioning unit. The look of the home remains the same and no major construction, such as demolition of walls, is necessary to install central air.
Winter is actually a great time to install central air conditioning in a home, and can offer the best cost savings. The family in Merrimack is convinced. They are now on the Joyce Cooling & Heating schedule to have their central air conditioning installed by the end of the year.