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Ductless Air Conditioner Cost


How Much Does a Ductless Air Conditioner Cost?

 
average costMedium: $2,000-$5,000high costHigh: $5,000-$7,000
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Mini-split or "ductless" air conditioners are quieter and less visible than window units, and can be less expensive than adding central air to a house that lacks ducts and the space needed to install ducts.

Typical costs:

  • Expect to pay $2,000-$5,000 to install a complete ductless mini-split air conditioning system in a 800-1,000-square foot home, or $5,000-$7,000 for a 2,000-square-foot house. Ductless systems are generally twice the cost of window systems and about 30 percent more than installing central air with existing ducts, but can be less expensive than adding central air and ductwork. Some units provide both heat and air conditioning.
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What should be included:
  • A ductless unit is a "split" system just like central air, only smaller and more flexible. The compressor sits outdoors and is connected by a pair of refrigerated lines to one or more air handlers inside the house. The hole in the wall for the lines varies, but is usually about 3 inches in diameter. ThisOldHouse.com[1] provides a brief overview and the US Department of Energy lists advantages and disadvantages.
  • Designed to blend into the decor, the indoor units are usually about 7 inches deep. They're smaller than window units, but generally not as unobtrusive as central air vents. These air handlers can be suspended from or mounted flush to a ceiling, hung on a wall or installed as a floor-standing unit.
  • Like all air conditioning, ductless systems are rated by a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) and capacity is gauged by BTUs (British Thermal Units) or tons. A HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) contractor will calculate how many BTUs are needed to cool a specific area; run lines for the coolant, electricity and drainage; and charge the unit with the correct amount of coolants.
Shopping for a ductless air conditioner:
  • Mini-split systems are relatively new and, according to the US Department of Energy, qualified installers and service people may not be easy to find. Manufacturers include Mitsubishi[2] , Sanyo and Friedrich. These and other brands are sold online through DuctlessDepot.net[3] and MiniSplirtSystems.com[4] . Also try for contractor referrals through the Air Conditioning Contractors of America[5] .
  • Get several estimates. Ask about training and experience. Check references, search for complaints with the Better Business Bureau[6] and make sure the contractor is properly bonded and insured, as well as licensed in your state[7] .
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What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
fujisui ductless 1800 B T U
Amount: $3,800.00
Posted by: posted from n y in staten island, NY.Posted: July 21st, 2013 08:07AM
Contractor: mikeBTUs: 1800
i think its a little high
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Comfort aire mini split system coolant recharge
Amount: $1,200.00
Posted by: ArtherSaratoga in Littleton, CO.Posted: July 24th, 2012 11:07PM
Contractor: Golden WestBTUs: 24,000
The inside unit would frost over occasionally.
The system needed to have the charge installed by weight, as this was not done when it was new.
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mitsubishi ductless system
Amount: $10,000.00
Posted by: crazycanuck in warwick, RI.Posted: July 10th, 2012 06:07PM
Contractor: MPG mechanicalBTUs: 1x24,000, 2x 9000
I find this to be a high quote for a/c, heat pump, and dehumidifier. All I want is a/c can I get the above systems cheaper.
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Mitsubishi 12000 BTU
Amount: $2,300.00
Posted by: a user in Framingham, MA.Posted: May 7th, 2009 05:05AM
Contractor: BTUs: 12000
Paying $4000 for a 12000 BTU heat pump mini split installed for a sun filled family room. The unit meets the standards for the 30% rebate plus $500 from Nstar rebate. Final cost $2300
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External Resources:
  1.  www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/asktoh/question/0,,192764,00.html
  2.  www.mitsubishipro.com/en/professional/products/?Commercial=0
  3.  www.ductlessdepot.net/products-type-1.html
  4.  www.minisplitsystems.com/
  5.  www.acca.org/consumer/find-a-contractor/
  6.  search.bbb.org/
  7.  www.contractors-license.org/
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