So How Exactly Does Central Air Conditioning Work?
Central Heat and Air is the most common air conditioning system in Los Angeles. Central Heat and Air are sometimes also called ‘forced air’, or a ‘split system’. Central Heating and Air uses air as its heat transfer medium. The system relies on ducts and fans to circulate the conditioned air throughout the house. An advantage central heat and air has over a boiler or a hydronic system is that there is no water, so there is no risk of structural damage due to a water leak. An advantage a Central Air system has over a Heat Pump is that the furnace heats very quickly. To install a central air and heat system will cost $12,000 to $14,000 for a 2,000 sqft house. The cost is split between buying the condenser ($2,000-$3,000) the furnace ($2,000-$3,000) and the ducting ($5,000-$6,000) plus installation. It is a 2-day job and permits are an additional $200.
Central heating and cooling systems have an outdoor condenser and an indoor furnace.