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Any ductless air condition installation is going to demand a qualified installer. Generally, it is the same company selling the equipment as it is installing it, though some homeowners may be able to seek out quotes from several contractors before making their decision. The Air Conditioning Contractors of America can usually direct an interested consumer to licensed and qualified HVAC professionals in their region or area.
For this discussion, we will consider the costs of installing a ductless or "split" air conditioning system in a 2,000 square foot home. ACDirect.com puts the average price for the equipment and installation of a system sized appropriately for the cooling needs of a home of this size at $2500-$7000. This would include the outdoor condensing unit and the air handlers as well as the necessary lines, but does not differentiate between single, double, triple or quad zone systems. Generally, the costs and performance of such systems are as follows:
Additionally, the costs given do not include such things as the addition of heating functions and lines, the removal of old HVAC equipment, and the managing of existing ductwork that is no longer required. These would vary from project to project, but must be taken into consideration when developing the budget.
To install a one to four room system begins with the creation of an opening in the exterior wall of the home, and the running of refrigerant and electrical lines into the rooms in which the wall or ceiling air handlers will be installed. This running of the lines is where the bulk of the labor will focus. Installers may increase costs if attic or basement space is very difficult to work in, or if special efforts must be made to get supply lines to the area of the rooms in which the air handlers will be mounted. The air handlers are mounted high on a wall or in the ceiling per the choice of the homeowner, and there are no costs differences in equipment selection.
Additional costs and materials associated with this project include:
(2k square feet home)
Cost to install a ductless air conditioning may vary depending on the state or city. Get free estimates from air-conditioning and heating contractors in your city.