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Installing Central Air in an Older Home

Tuesday, June 27 2017 11:34 AM
By 360 Administrator

Installing Central Air in an Older Home

If you live in an older or historic home built before the 1960s, then it was likely built without central air, or maybe even a window air conditioner unit. 

We love our classic old homes but they will require work and updating. One update that always interests homeowners is installing central air in an old home. Window air conditioners will usually do a good job of keeping a house cool but nothing can beat cool central air pumped evenly throughout your home.

If you feel you are ready for the investment, installing central air is a decision that few people regret making. It's an investment you'll use all summer long, year after year. You can't put a price on comfort.

As an expert air conditioning installation company in Aurora, IL we have the experience to help. In the Chicago western suburbs call us at (630) 800-1598 for a free consultation.

How much does it cost to install central air?

Factors such as the square footage of your home, whether ductwork needs to be installed and the type of central air conditioner unit you want to be installed all will determine the cost. 

The "ballpark figure" for central air installation is generally $2000 - $5000 for a 2,000-square-foot home. Costs can run higher depending on your home and circumstances.

Do I need central air ducts installed?

If you have an existing central air system or forced air heat, you may be able to connect new central air equipment to the already existing ducts. You will want the ducts to be inspected first to see if they are leaky or too out of date. Poor ducts could cause you to lose up to 20% of your cooled air. Some sealing may be necessary, which will add to the cost but save you money on energy bills in the long term. 

How much does it cost to install or replace ductwork?

Installing new HVAC ductwork can cost $35 - $55 a linear foot for labor and materials, or $1,000-$5,000 or more for a single-family home, depending on the length and type of ductwork used (sheet metal, fiber duct or round flexible ductwork).

How long does it take to install central air?

Once again, the particular factors in your home make a difference. It's possible that it could be a single day job. If there is a lot of ductwork to be installed or sealed, then it could take two or three. If there are issues with electrical, or holes that need to be drilled in concrete, then that adds time as well.

If you need new air conditioning installed, contact AccuMax at (630) 800-1598

Besides offering installation and AC repair services, we have an air conditioning maintenance program and HVAC preventive maintenance so you can ensure your heating and cooling are working all year.

Accumax, Inc provides HVAC repair services in Aurora, Naperville, Downers Grove, Oswego, Batavia, Wheaton, North Aurora, Lombard, Warrenville, Darien, Westmont, Willowbrook, Clarendon Hills, Westchester, LaGrange, Willow Springs, Lisle, Riverside, Woodridge, Plainfield, Oak Brook, Hinsdale  and the Chicagoland area.

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