Homeowners constantly ask us, “How much does it cost to install a modern ductless mini-split a/c?” In general, the cost ranges from $1,360 to $3,600+, with the average being $2,342.
Four factors determine the price: the number of indoor units, the size of the system, its energy efficiency rating, and the heating and A/C corporation you hire.
True to its name, the mini split is split into two main components: an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air-handling unit. However, unlike a central A/C system, a mini-split plan can have multiple indoor units. Each indoor component 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 will be. “Size” refers to the mini-split cooling capacity, measured in tons or BTUs, so the larger the mini-split, the more it costs. Proper sizing is substantial, as oversized or improperly located air handlers can result in short-cycling, which wastes energy and does not supply common temperature or humidity control. It is more high-priced to buy and operate a big system; too small a plan will not supply enough cooling, too big, it wastes energy. There’s no need to figure out what size you need, just find the right size by contacting a heating and A/C corporation that offers mini-split systems. Labor costs vary from corporation to corporation, making them hard to predict. Heating and A/C companies always charge hourly or flat rates most of the time. Hourly pricing will be offered before any work is done, and the actual price will not be known until the upgrade is complete. After the installer determines the system’s size, the number of indoor units, and your desired energy efficiency, they will supply you an actual price. This means that you can get the price upfront and then choose to get a price elsewhere if you want.