Adding Air Conditioning

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated June 12, 2020)


Anyone who has ever sat through a summer without air conditioning can tell you just how quickly you stop thinking about energy savings and begin thinking about comfort. There are generally several options that you can use to add such comfort to your home, and some are significantly more expensive than others.

  • Central air. If you will forgive the expression, central air is the Holy Grail of air conditioning. This is due to the fact that central air can get cooler (or warmer depending on the season) air where you want it—throughout the entire house. However, there is a major drawback to adding this kind of air conditioning to a home or office, and that is the cost. If you do not already have it installed, then you can very easily rack up a large bill having it installed into your home. This is due to such things as adding air ducts, purchasing the unit itself, and all the labor associated with the installation. If you already have some type of duct work in place though, then you will only be charged about $4,000 to have the whole thing installed.
  • Ceiling fans. One of the more inexpensive options, and one that any home improvement enthusiast (no matter their skill level) can do themselves is to installing a ceiling fan. While these units are not particularly effective on their own, they can add a nice bit of relief when it is needed. In addition, they use the least amount of energy when compared to the other types of air conditioning that you could be adding to your home.
  • Window units. Another common solution, particularly for smaller homes or apartments, is to add a window unit. Typically these are simply a small type of fan or possibly an actual air conditioning unit that fits within a window. It then draws out the hot air inside your home, and replaces it with the potentially cooler air that is outside. At the very least, this unit will help create a breeze within the home which can help to cool things off a bit.
  • Evaporative units. Another traditional method for adding air conditioning to your home is to use what is known as an evaporative unit. These types of air conditioners are also known as a swamp cooler. Typically these air conditioning units can either fit in a window, or work with an existing air duct system to help get the cooler air throughout the house. The way that these units work is by having a pad continually saturated with water, through which air is sucked into the home. The temperature difference (and the moisture) that is sucked into the house is typically cooler than the air inside. However, be aware that this type of system not only can add to your electric bill, but to your water bill as well.

When thinking of adding air conditioning, you need to stop and think about a few things. The first and foremost should be how much are you willing to spend to achieve the level of comfort that you want. Shortly after that, will usually follow something along the lines of how much this will set you back on your monthly energy bills.

Once you decide on which way you want to add your air conditioning, then you need to figure out the procedure to use to do it. If you are going to go with central air, then you really should contact a professional. Look for HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) contractors in your area; they can do the job for you and they should guarantee their work.

If you choose a different method of air conditioning (ceiling fans, window units, or evaporative units), you may be able to do the installation work yourself. Check with your local hardware store or outlet; they will be able to provide detailed information on installation.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...


Loan Consolidation

If you have gone to college, are thinking of going to college, or simply owe quite a bit of money, then chances are you ...

Discover More

Adjusting Wheel Alignment

Whenever you get your tires rotated or replaced you should always check to make sure that the alignment is on track. ...

Discover More

Securing a Trailer to Your Vehicle

Trailers are a great tool if you need to move things around. However, if they aren't secured properly you can find ...

Discover More

Cordless, Compact, and Powerful! DeWalt's 18-volt drill-driver kit packs a big punch in a small package, with a powerful high-performance motor tucked away inside a compact design. A great addition to the tool chest of any professional or DIYer! Check out DeWalt 18-Volt Drill/Driver Kit today!

More Home Improvement Tips

Heating Up a Cold Room

While it is tempting to do so, there are other ways of heating up a cold room besides turning up the thermostat. Try a ...

Discover More

Cleaning Blackened Air Vents

When cleaning blackened air vents, it's nice to think that all you need to do is do a little dusting and your finished. ...

Discover More

Installing Radiant Floor Heating

Do your floors have a tendency to get cold? No one really enjoys waking up to a cold floor, and this can happen at any ...

Discover More

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured home improvement tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."


If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] (all 7 characters, in the sequence shown) in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is nine minus 8?

2017-03-08 08:49:33

Pam Lassila

I love my air conditioner and can't imagine life without it! It scares me to think in the summertime how hot my home would be if we didn't have AC. My family complains because I keep it so cold but I think it feels so good!


FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured home improvement tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)