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Ductless Air Conditioner Cost: Factors That Influence Pricing and Tips to Save Money

CEO Khai Intela
A couple discussing ductless air conditioner cost with a dealer. Are you considering installing a ductless air conditioner in your home? If so, you may be wondering about the cost. While we can't provide specific...

A couple discussing ductless air conditioner cost with a dealer A couple discussing ductless air conditioner cost with a dealer.

Are you considering installing a ductless air conditioner in your home? If so, you may be wondering about the cost. While we can't provide specific prices due to the various factors involved, we can offer some insights into what influences the cost and how you can save money on your installation.

How Much Does a Ductless Mini Split Cost?

The cost of a ductless AC unit varies depending on several factors. These include the local market, condition of your home, area climate, and the specific type of system you choose. For example, Carrier® ductless air conditioner systems offer different energy efficiency ratings, installation options, and multi-room installations with a multi-zone heat pump. Considering these factors, installed costs typically range from $2,000 to $10,500 or more.

A living room with a ductless ac installed after learning about ductless ac cost A living room with a ductless AC installed after learning about ductless AC cost.

The good news is there are ways to make ductless mini-split prices more manageable. You can take advantage of promotional rebates, utility company rebates, financing options, lease-to-own options, and save on energy costs over time. To learn more, check out our dedicated rebate and HVAC financing web pages. Additionally, it's essential to understand the differences between mini-split and central air systems to make an informed decision.

Factors That Influence the Cost of Ductless Mini Splits

The cost of ductless mini splits is typically lower than installing a central HVAC system. Since there is no ductwork to install, the expenses are reduced. However, several factors influence the cost:

Size of Your Room/Home

The size of the room or home you want to cool is an essential consideration. Ductless single-zone air conditioners typically range from ¾-ton units to 2-ton models. It's best to consult with a Carrier® HVAC dealer to determine the right-sized equipment for your space. For cooling an entire home, a multi-zone ductless heat pump can support 2-5 indoor units and deliver up to 4 tons of heating and cooling capacity.

Energy Efficiency & Quality of Ductless System

The energy efficiency rating, cooling capacity, and additional comfort benefits affect the cost of a ductless air conditioner. The SEER2 rating measures the energy efficiency during the cooling season, while the EER2 rating is a measure of the cooling capacity delivered per watt of energy. Higher efficiency systems with higher SEER2 or EER2 ratings tend to be more expensive but offer more comfort and convenience features. The HSPF rating measures the heating efficiency of a heat pump.

Capacity of Outdoor Condenser

Ductless mini split systems include an outdoor condenser unit and indoor air handlers. Single-zone systems provide comfort to one room or area, while multi-zone systems can provide separate comfort control in several areas. The capacity of the outdoor condensing unit determines the cooling output and the number of indoor units it can support.

Accessibility of Installation Location

The installation location and accessibility can impact the cost. Factors such as high wall installation vs. in-ceiling installation, longer refrigerant lines, and new installations vs. replacements can affect the overall expense. Discussing these details with an HVAC contractor will help you understand the costs involved.

Ductless Mini Split Installation Cost

Determining the cost of ductless mini split installation involves various factors. Regional market conditions, the size and layout of the home, the specific type of system, and factors mentioned earlier all play a crucial role in influencing costs. Whether it's a single-zone system or a multi-zone setup can significantly affect the final expense.

Tips on Saving Money on Your Mini Split Purchase or Installation

Installing a ductless AC system can be a significant expense. To minimize costs, consider the following tips:

  • Choose the right time: Optimal installation times are during the spring or fall when HVAC technicians are less busy. This can lead to better deals on your air conditioner installation.
  • Credit and rebates: Explore rebates and credits for your mini split system. Certain systems may qualify for federal and state tax credits. Consult with an accountant before submitting your tax return to ensure eligibility.

Remember to consult with a qualified HVAC professional to assess the unique requirements of your space, discuss comfort preferences, and receive a personalized quote. Every installation job is distinct and tailored to the homeowner's needs.

Source: Costimates

SEER = Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, the industry standard measure of energy efficiency during cooling operation for AC units and heat pumps.

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