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Old 01-10-2011, 12:34 PM
 
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how much is it to install central air in a home that has radiator heat?
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Old 01-10-2011, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Randolph, NJ
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Somewhere in the $6K to $10K range, I'd guess. On the higher end if you have a 2-story house, which causes more duct-work issues.
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Old 01-10-2011, 12:43 PM
 
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It depends on a host of factors.

For example, we had A/C installed in our home, but it was a VERY easy installation and cost about $5k. It was a ranch with a full length attic that made the duct work easy to do. If you are talking multiple floors the job becomes much more complicated and you run the risk of losing closet space.
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Old 01-10-2011, 01:02 PM
 
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As others have said, it all comes down to the house and how it is laid out. Best thing to do is go out and get a couple quotes.
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Old 01-11-2011, 11:12 AM
 
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You could also go with ductless a/c and safe some closet space. I paid ~$7k (including permit) for 3 room unit.
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Old 01-11-2011, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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i would probably go ductless if i did it again.

i'd have a few units for redundancy . One goes out, you are not going to go sleepless for a week in august.


it cost me something like $1500 to have my unit "fixed" (a new coil) this summer.

a single zone 18k BTU seer 17 ductless unit is only $1500 dollars. figure maybe another $500 PER unit for installation.

they are not the prettiest things in the world but they are quiet, and work very well and not that expensive.

only issue is if you close your doors when you sleep you are not going to get a ton of cold air in there unless you have a unit in the room.
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