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Question DetailsAsked on 6/17/2014

How much should I expect to pay for new central air installed.

Furnace and electric are new. Never had AC. 1 story, 1000 square foot. home with no basement. Located in Minnesota

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Click on the Home > HVAC link and you will find general info in prior questions like yours, with typical price ranges. Since you are pretty far north and small house, likely that a 2-3 ton unit is the range you are looking at depending on how hot and humid it gets in your area in summer, because east/southeast and northern/western parts have pretty different A/C conditions.

If your furnace is hot air then you are likely looking at incorporating the A/C into central air through those same ducts, otherwise if boiler type heat you are probably looking at a mini-split unit since you have no basement to easily run new A/C ducts in. Depending on whether you want to cool the entire house or only have direct cooling in a couple of specific rooms and let it leak to the others, even with central hot air furnace and ducts a mini-split might be cheaper for your size house, so talk to contractors about configuration options before you atrt getting bids, so they are bidding apples to apples rather than on rqadicallyk different systems.

I would not expect to get away with less than $2500-3000 or a reputable brand unit, and likely more in the $4,000 range all told since this is a total new install. Of course, for highly efficient or ground-sink heat pump units you get up to the $7-10,000 range pretty easily but that type of unit would be rare in your area and especially in your size house where you are not trying to cool a mansion - unless you happen to won a nice cool lake right by the house that can be used as a heat sink.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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