When sweltering summers bring the heat, there's no shortage of AC solutions for your home. When you're in the market for one of these solutions, consider that ductless air conditioning offers numerous benefits over other cooling options. The price tag is potentially one of those benefits.
Benefits of Going Ductless
Unlike window units, ductless systems don't block windows or become an eyesore in your living space. In addition, the system's condenser is set up outside and connects to the evaporator through a small tube. This means you can expect a ductless system to operate quietly as it cools your home.
Ductless units don't require much maintenance. For example, you don't have to worry about loose items getting stuck in ducts or a buildup of dust and dirt. Most ductless systems simply require you to occasionally remove and wash filtration screens. You won't need to call in professionals to handle these simple cleaning tasks.
Thanks to zoning technology, you can also set these systems to address a room's specific temperature needs. For example, some ductless systems will automatically increase or decrease cooling power based on how many people are in a room.
Cost of Going Ductless
With all of these benefits, it's only reasonable to ask, "How much will all of this cost?" According to Fixr, the average cost of having a ductless AC system installed in a 2,000-square-foot home is $2,500. Note that certain remodeling projects, such as the removal of ductwork or the need for a concrete pad for the condenser, are just a few factors that can increase that price. At the high end, homeowners could pay up to $7,000.
Compare this is to the price of other cooling options:
You can find simple AC window units for roughly $100 - $150. These will typically only cool the air in a single room, unless you go for a stronger model, which can cost upwards of $800.
On the other hand, the average cost of installing central air for a 2,000-square-foot home is about $7,000, according to Fixr. This price is largely impacted by whether or not you have existing ductwork as well as the rates charged by local contractors. You'll also need to consider the potential for regular professional maintenance that can come with having ducts throughout the house.
So, in terms of price, ductless air conditioner systems are typically more expensive than window units but less than central air installation. Keep in mind the upfront cost of a ductless system can be recovered in your energy savings throughout the year. This will all depend on factors like your local climate, energy provider's rates, and your system use.