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The Cost Of Installing Central Air In An Old Home

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Living in Illinois means putting up with changing weather. No matter what, your safety and comfort matter most. If you need to stay inside, have a working cooling system when outside temperatures rise. If you have an outdated cooling system or want to upgrade your home to central AC, Elite HVACs can help.

Before you do that, you may wonder how much it will cost to install central air at home. Fortunately, we have the answers. Read on to learn more about AC installation costs for old and new homes in northern Illinois.

How Much To Put Central Air in the House?

If you want to install central air in your home, you may wonder how much it will cost. The average cost of a central air conditioning system is thousands of dollars. Of course, when considering these costs, multiple other factors come into play, such as

●  Size of the unit

●  BTU and SEER rating

●  Your home’s square footage

●  Time of season for installation

●  Labor and material costs

BTU measures the level of energy needed to remove heat from your home. SEER rating is the ratio of cooling output from the air conditioner. The larger the air conditioner, the more BTU capacity it features. Keep in mind, the more BTU and SEER capability, the pricier the unit.

Can You Install Central Air in an Old House?

If you live in an older home without central air conditioning, you may wonder if you can install central air. The answer is yes, but the cost to install central air with no existing ductwork also increases. You will likely pay more for proper duct installation and infrastructure. Still, depending on the type of home, modern heating and cooling systems may require additional renovations and installation services.

For instance, older homes without the proper framework to support a central air conditioner will need additional renovations, such as new ductwork. Alternatively, you may want a ductless system – also called a mini split system – to save money on more energy-efficient performance.

Call us for Central Air Installation!

If you want a central air unit for your home, call us at 773-312-9090 for a free estimate! Our HVAC technicians are available 24/7 for air conditioning repairs or maintenance. We specialize in residential HVAC systems to improve your energy-efficient indoor units for older and newer homes. You’ll notice stronger-performing air conditioning units and lower energy bills.

Whenever you need central air conditioning, Elite HVACs is here to help.

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Great experience all around. From the email and phone call, confirmations etc. The whole group made me feel comfortable and confident that I had chose the right company to do business with. My A/C unit was turning on and off and Elite sent out a very knowledgeable and courteous technician to check, tune up, and recharge my refrigerant. Steve the technician was knowledgeable and walked me through the entire process and was very upfront with what I needed and didn't need. All went well they were on time and got the job done in a timely and professional manner. Customer for life and will refer them gladly.

Steven Mednis

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We contacted Elite HVACS on one of the hottest days of summer(we had no central air for 2weeks) and they sent some1 out same day to assess situation & decided to go with them for the work. I am happy to say that not only did we get the central air going but also replaced the heating unit which was old. Everyone we talked to from beginning to end were very professional, courteous and the work was very efficiently done. I would highly recommend this company.

Ada Rivera

Chicago, IL

I have had Juan and others from the team over a few times now. They always arrive within the time window provided and provide solid work. Price has always been fair for anything they've performed maintenance on and was always discussed upfront before being work begins. I would recommend them to anyone in the area.

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