The cost of a ducted air conditioning system is higher than that of a portable or wall mounted cooling system and the cost of installation drives the cost up even more. Then you have to factor in the operating costs. Do their benefits outweigh ducted air conditioning prices? Most users would say they do, but read this short guide before you contact your local ducted air conditioning
services for quotes and make a more informed decision.
Price Factors for Ducted Air Conditioning
Three main factors influence the cost of a ducted air conditioner:
- The size and type of the main air conditioning unit.
- The ducting and other components
Reverse cycle air conditioners cost more, but save you the cost of a separate heating system. The size (or capacity) of the system will make a big difference in price, but you don't want to skimp on your system's capacity. If the air conditioning system does not have enough capacity for your home, it will use more energy and wear out sooner. Ducting and incidentals components cost the least, while installation costs can be relatively high, especially if the system is going to be installed in an existing home, where installing ducting will be more difficult.
How Much Does Ducted Air Conditioning Cost?*
As a rough guide, expect to pay:
- Around $6000 to have a small system installed in an apartment or small home.
- $10,000 to $12,000 for a suitable air conditioning system for the average single storey home
- $15,000 or more for a ducted air con system for a larger 2-storey home
Getting several quotes for air conditioning
will help you in a number of ways. Aside from helping you get the best price, the supplier/installers will recommend ideal capacities for your home. Quotes from reputable suppliers should be for systems of roughly the same capacity. If one quote is for a drastically lower capacity system, it may be because the supplier is trying to win the job.
You will probably notice that different systems of the same capacity will have different prices. Before choosing the lowest quote, look at all the quotes more carefully or ask the air conditioning services who send you quotes why their products cost more or less than the others. One might be quoting for a more expensive, but also more cost-effective inverter system while another's quote may be for a more basic system.
*Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces. This article was updated 06 May 2015 to reflect current market pricing.