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Old 06-24-2010, 12:42 PM
 
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Hi all!

Well, the heat spell arrived. My husband and I have just bought our new home, and we were hoping to install window air conditioners to get thru the summer. However, we have vinyl windows and don't want to screw holes into them. Do any of you have any idea how much central air would cost for a home that has no vents? (We have a boiler heating system) I am guessing that they would have to cut ducts into the ceilings? I just need a guesstimate as to how much we are talking here. We are in central N.J. Or, does anyone have an idea how we could install the window air conditioners without ruining our new vinyl windows? Thanks so much! You guys are great!
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Old 06-24-2010, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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roughly? 10-20k i would guess
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Old 06-24-2010, 12:59 PM
 
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Wow! Guess it would be cheaper to just go ahead and risk ruining my windows.
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Old 06-24-2010, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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i guess it depends on a lot of things, size of house, attic accessibility, amount of work to wire up the electric and thermostat, how many rooms,how many returns. it could be under 10k i guess.
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Old 06-24-2010, 02:26 PM
 
Location: NJ
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And don't forget about permits and inspections. It will be September by the time all is done. I'd say getting a couple of window ACs to make it through the summer nights or possibly the standing ACs that you can move around the rooms (although these types of ACs are about twice the price of window ACs).
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Old 06-24-2010, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Westerly, RI
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The standing one we had also took up a lot of space and are very ugly!

I heard a radio ad for "mini-split" A/C's. Anybody know how good they are?
Mini Split Air Conditioners & Specialty Cooling Products: acsuperstore.com
Mini-Split Ductless Technology
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Old 06-24-2010, 03:48 PM
 
Location: GA
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My neighbor had it done recently and they needed duct work (in ceiling). It cost 8500 for a 3 br house.. It depends on a lot of things, including what kind of unit you buy.
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Old 06-24-2010, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Piscataway
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What about the portable ones with the duct running to the window and the unit sits on the floor on wheels? I think roughly $400-500. You can move them from room to room. Costco.com usually has them.
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Old 06-24-2010, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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mini splits are OK and may be installed by a DIYer since some filled with freon from the factory. You just run the electrical to the outside unit, freon from outside to inside, and control wire from outside to inside (i think). They are also a lot cheaper. I just paid 2k to replace a stupid evap coil. Mini splits are about $1k per zone . If I moved into a house with no central air, i would very likely do mini splits. They do not look as nice though.
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