What would the cost of putting in central air in a home with baseboard heat?

Asked by ZZ, Marshall, MN Tue Jun 3, 2014

My husband and I are looking at a house that has literally everything that we want except it doesn't have a/c. Huge issue in Minnesota!! It is a single story, approx. 1400 sq feet on the main level with an unfinished basement that we would want to finish eventually so we would want it done as well. There is currently no ductwork in the home as the heat is baseboard and they are currently using window air conditioning. We are looking into putting in a bid on the home, but we want to have enough left to at least put in the ductwork this Fall, then the actual AC unit in the Spring (no reason to have AC in the winter in Minnesota), and eventually forced heat.

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Shirley Leach, Home Buyer, Clayton, NC
Sat Aug 12, 2017
I was trying to sell my house since I relocated to another city. Noone liked baseboard heat to sell my husband had someone he has used serveral times to travel about 52 miles one way for a week and install it. House 1400 sq. ft. it cost $7200.00. This included installing ducts. Very pleased. Haven't sold house yet.........with the one we got has ten year warranty......
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Shirley Leach, Home Buyer, Clayton, NC
Sat Aug 12, 2017
Had a Trane put in and baseboard disconnected. How easy is it to take them out. Thank you
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djennifer009, , Salt Lake City, UT
Fri May 29, 2015
If the house isn't too big, installing duct work shouldn't be too expensive. It depends on a lot of different factors, though. I think the best thing for you to do now is to get an estimate for the air conditioner and then try to compromise with the seller on the price. http://kasselac.com
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Nora Moore, Home Buyer, American Fork, UT
Thu May 28, 2015
The cost depends on the companies in that area. Is the house an older model? That could change the cost as well. I'd talk to different companies in the area and get some quotes for the job. You will have a better idea of what is involved then. http://www.thurlowsheatingandair.com
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Yes.. I agree with Nora Moore. But You should contact at least 2 or 3 contractors to choose the best one and count all thing like their price, services, time, warranty & etc. For info, Visit : http://www.mcelroyservice.com
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Caleb Hart, Renter, Orem, UT
Tue May 26, 2015
I think your best bet would be to ask a professional. Many companies are willing to come out to the house and take a look at your home for free. They might even give you a discounted quote if you choose them to do it. Make sure you call more than one contractor though. http://www.arlingtonheating.com/services/heating-ac-installa…
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garypuntman, , Los Angeles, CA
Wed May 20, 2015
I would imagine it would be the usual price for central air. You will want to look at a few different companies to get an idea though. You should always compare prices to find the best deal. http://www.nebraskaheatingandair.com/
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Nora Moore, Home Buyer, American Fork, UT
Mon Feb 23, 2015
The cost for putting in the ducts for central AC varies from company to company. The easiest thing to do would be to get quotes from different contractors. That way you would have a ballpark figure in mind. It would make it a lot easier to figure out if that place will work for you if you would know how much it would cost to make those changes on the house. http://www.confortexpert.com/Air-conditioning+our+services
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Nora is right, it can be quite expensive. You are going to have to check around to find estimates from a lot of different companies though. I hope that you're able to get your ac system installed before it starts getting too hot. It would be miserable to have to live in a home without air conditioning. http://www.timmermanshvac.com/
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Kelsey Compa…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Fri Feb 13, 2015
I do not do too well in the heat so I could understand wanting to get a AC system put in. Your most accurate answer would probably be getting a quote from a contractor. http://www.uniserveair.com/index.php/services
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Could you negotiate with the seller about the air conditioning? Maybe you could lower the price or have them put in a/c. I feel like air conditioning is a common thing to have in a house, especially somewhere where it gets pretty hot. So it shouldn't be asking too much to make some sort of arrangement for the a/c. http://www.longbeachair.com
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Eugene Dean, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Sat Oct 4, 2014
I could never live without air conditioning, so I understand your pain. You should really ask the people that live around the house. They might be able to give you some recommendations for local A/C services. Once you have a list, get estimates from all of them.

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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Wed Jun 4, 2014
You really, really, really want to consider a ductless system such as the one described on the link below.


In Florida, an environment of intense air conditioning demand, these have proven to be highly efficient, super quiet, incredible room to room control....

and none of the head knocking duct work int he basement.

Best of success.
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Jim Olive, Agent, Key West, FL
Wed Jun 4, 2014
Way to many variables to answer here. How big is the house, how many a/c vents would you need? Is there room for ducting in the ceilings? Since it's one story, it may be relatively easy if there's an attic. Need to do as Terry suggests and leave yourself enough inspection time to get this figured out. Another option is a split system, which requires no ducting and you can put as many as three interior air handling units on one exterior compressor unit. Best of luck...
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That's what I was thinking. A one-story home shouldn't be hard to install ductwork to, but it depends on the individual building. Is there anything that would stop you from putting in the central AC? If price is your only concern, that can always be negotiated.
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Terry Bell, Agent, Santa Rosa, CA
Tue Jun 3, 2014
I would suggest that you discuss with your agent writing up an offer with enough time for an inspection period so that you can get bids on the work you would like to get done. Make sure you get bids from licensed contractors that are aware of all necessary permits and done to code so that if you decide to sell in the future you want to be able to show that it was done correctly. After you have your bids you will be in a better position to evaluate the cost situation and perhaps the sellers might adjust the price to try and work with you.
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Dan Tabit, Agent, Issaquah, WA
Tue Jun 3, 2014
I worked in the HVAC business for 7 years and bid many jobs like this. With an unfinished basement, you're in good shape to do the system for the lowest price possible, as compared to a 1 story home without a basement, or one with a finished basement you'd need to "unfinish" for the installation.
It's been too long for me to give you a fair bid, but estimate how many registers you believe you'd need and call a couple of shops. Describe the size and age of the house along with the number of registers and ask for a rough idea. You should get a pretty good idea if you call 2 or more companies.
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If the house your looking at doesn't have a/c you might either want to look at a different house or see how much it would be to install a/c. You might be able to work something out with the seller, but you may just end up paying to put in a/c. Personally, I think it's impossible to live without the a/c, especially in the summer. http://www.gouldsac.com
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