How Much Does Ductless AC Costs to Install?

Hourly pricing will be provided before any work is done

Homeowners always ask us, “How much does it cost to install a new ductless mini-split air conditioner?” In general, the cost ranges from $1,800 to $7,000+, with the average being $2,000. Four factors determine the price: the number of indoor units, the size of the system, its energy efficiency rating, and the HVAC company you hire. True to its name, the mini split is split into 2 main components: outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air-handling unit. However, unlike a central AC system, a mini-split system can have multiple indoor units. Each indoor unit creates its own “zone” of comfort, allowing you to cool individual rooms with separate remote controls. The more indoor units you want, the higher the final cost. “Size” refers to the mini-split cooling capacity, measured in tons or BTUs. The larger the mini-split, the more it costs. Proper sizing is important. Oversized or incorrectly located air handlers can result in short-cycling, which wastes energy and does not provide proper temperature or humidity control. It is more expensive to buy and operate a large system. Too small a system won’t provide enough cooling; too big, it wastes energy. There’s no need to figure out what size you need. Find the right size by contacting an HVAC company that offers mini-split systems. Labor costs vary from company to company, making them hard to predict. HVAC companies typically charge hourly or flat rates. Hourly pricing will be provided before any work is done. The actual price won’t be known until the installation is complete. After the installer determines the system’s size, the number of indoor units, and your desired energy efficiency, they will give you an actual price. This means that you can get the price upfront and then choose to get a price elsewhere if you want.

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