How Much Does Ducted Air Conditioning Cost to Install?

March 15, 2016

If you want to ensure that you can reduce the air temperature in your home when you need to then having ducted air conditioning installed makes sense. The installation certainly is not cheap but that does not mean it cannot be affordable.

If you are looking to have ducted air conditioning installed then experts like Apex can certainly answer your questions about installation costs. If you want to have an idea of the costs involved before you speak to anyone then we will give you some idea of what you can expect.

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How ducted air conditioning operates

Ducted air conditioning is intended to cool the entire home. It operates from a central cooling unit and the cool air is dispersed through the home using a series of ducts. As you can imagine this requires a larger cooling capacity than window-mounted air con, adding to the cost. This cost actually results more from the installation involved than it does from purchasing the unit and ducts involved. There is a lot of work to be carried out during the installation process, including electrical and/or gas work. This means that the installation can only be carried out by licensed professionals.

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How much does all of this actually cost?

The cost of installing ducted air con is always likely to be high, due to its complex nature. Other costs involved vary depending on various considerations:

  • What size of system is required?
  • What is the area of the property?
  • How many outlets and zones are needed?
  • Is vertical ducting required?

At this point it’s important to note that you should never try to reduce purchase costs by “making do” with a smaller system than is necessary. It will not cool your home effectively which means you will probably need to have it switched on permanently. Not only does this reduce the lifespan of the system, it also raises your energy costs.

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There is no one size fits all when it comes to a ducted air con system, so prices do vary. As a general idea you should expect to pay around the following amounts.

  • Systems for a small house or apartment costing around $6,000.
  • Systems for and average single storey home costing around $10,000 to $12,000.
  • Systems for a two storey home costing around $15,000.

What you can learn from quotes

As with any purchase, it’s a good idea to get a few quotes when you are looking to have ducted air installed. This means that not only can you compare prices but you can also check out the recommendations made and query any discrepancies. All of this helps you to become better informed before you make a final decision.

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As you can see, a ducted air con system is not cheap to install but it can be an extremely efficient way of cooling your home, making it a good investment in the long term. You should always seek the advice of experts as to what size of system you need and you should never try and save money by going against their advice; this can actually prove costly in the long term.

March 23, 2016 at 11:24 pm

You mentioned that if you need vertical ducting it can affect the price. We are definitely going to need vertical ducted air conditioning put into our home along with horizontal. Does the price increase if you need vertical tubes? Why does the air conditioning price increase in this case?

May 1, 2016 at 6:33 am

Hmm interesting. I am loving that duct in the pictures. I love that industrial look. Wish I lived in a place that had that feel. Most people are used to the duct work being hidden in the walls but having it out in the open like that in those photos is really cool.


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