Air conditioning (A/C) comes in various types and sizes of equipment that all offer the highest cooling potential, but also the highest cost to operate compared to other cooling approaches like ventilation or evaporative cooling.
The cost to install average air conditioning depends upon type, cooling capacity and zone coverage, efficiency rating, preparation and special needs, and the labor rate.
In the following table the Cost figure is based on average air conditioning for zones ranging from 340 sq.ft. to 1,000 sq.ft.; and includes transport, material, equipment, and waste.
|Type (cooling zone)||Pros||Cons||Cost|
|Window (340 sq.ft.)||Easy install/remove||Window blockage||$253|
|Low cost||Window only location|
|Portable (340 sq.ft.)||Easy install/remove||Ducted exhaust||$345|
|Low cost||Occupies floor space|
|Ductless (600 sq.ft.)||Flexible location||Some wall-cutting||$1,416|
|Wall (1,000 sq.ft.)||Flexible location||Wall opening||$2,225|
|Central (1,000 sq.ft.)||Higher efficiency||Ducting adds cost||$3,598|
|Multiple zones||Some wall-cutting|
Prices range from $253 (window A/C for 340 sq.ft. zone - DIY) to $3,598(central A/C for 1,000 sq.ft. multi-zones) and also vary depending on your zipcode:
Local costs have been calculated by accounting for labor and material cost differences across different cities. To get accurate cost estimates, indicate yours: