The Cost to Install Central Air in 2024

Central air costs about $5,000 to $10,000 on average. A home equity loan, home equity line of credit or personal loan may be your best solution to finance central air installation.

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Summer heats up fast when all you have is a fan to cool you down. Central air conditioning could solve all your sweaty problems, but the price may knock you out cold.

The cost to install central air conditioning, including the cost of the unit itself, ranges from around $5,000 to $10,000 on average, according to the American Society of Home Inspectors, a trade organization. But the price tag varies widely depending on the size of your home and air conditioner, the type of system you choose and your home’s ductwork.

Before embarking on such a large project, you’ll want to understand the factors that impact costs and the financing options that may be right for you.