Ducted Air Conditioning Cost Calculator
Ducted air conditioning is a perfect solution for climate control in your home. When the outside temperature is cold, you can run warm air through the vents, while cool air flows through your home in the summer months.
The cost to install central air conditioning typically runs between $3,000 and $7,000 depending on the size of your home and energy consumption habits. However, while the initial investment is large, ducted air condition pays off in the long run because of how much it saves you on your energy bill.
The Advantages of Ducted Air Conditioning
Having a ducted air conditioning system gives you greater flexibility when it comes to choosing which rooms in your home need to be cooled. If you want one room cooled and the rest to remain moderate, you can close all of the vents except for the one in the room that you wish to cool.
A ducted system starts with a central unit outside or on the roof of your home. The fan sucks in the air, cools it, and then sends it through an insulated duck system to vents throughout your home. Then, the system recirculates, re-cools, and re-distributes the air so it doesn’t need to keep relying on the hot outside air to cool.
This process means that ducted air conditioning saves you money on your energy bill and reduces your carbon footprint, because you don’t have to keep cooling hot outside air, and you can control exactly where to send the cool air.
Here are a few things to consider about your ducted air-conditioning system that affect the cost and energy efficiency:
Where the Unit is Installed
The location on your home where your unit is located can affect both the installation cost and the energy efficiency. Roof units typically take longer to install than units on the side of your home. Furthermore, your roof unit is exposed to consistent sun throughout the day, whereas your side unit gets some shade from your home. This means that the roof unit will take longer to cool the hotter air and therefore use more energy.
The Size of Your Home
The second factor that affects the price of your ducted air conditioning system is the size of your home. Larger homes will need more air, and more energy, to reach the same temperature as those smaller.
The first step to determining what kind and size of central air unit you need is to conduct an energy audit of your home. At Efficient Pure Plumbing, we send a qualified professional to do a pre-installation evaluation to figure out how much heat your house gains throughout the day and how much energy is required to keep it cool.
Ductwork and Design
In addition, your air conditioning professional should also evaluate your existing air conditioning infrastructure. If your home already has ductwork from an old system, then you need to double check that the ducts can handle central airflow. However, if your home doesn’t have any ductwork, then you have to decide the best route for the air to flow for maximum cooling. How much and where you run ductwork will affect the overall installation and operating price of your central air system.
Getting Your Ducted Air System Installed
For more information about how ducted air conditioning could work for your home in Melbourne, call Efficient Pure Plumbing on 03 9133 8707 or use our contact form.