August 29, 2018
The cost to install a ductless AC in Denver ranges from $5,000 to $15,000+.
Why the big price range?
Well, the cost to install a ductless mini-split AC can vary based on the following factors:
In this article, we’ll go into more detail about each of these factors to help you understand the cost of your ductless AC installation.
The number of ductless units you need depends on how many rooms you want cooled. The more rooms you need cooled in your home, the more ductless equipment you’ll need, which raises the overall cost of the installation.
Ductless mini-split air conditioners have 3 main parts:
A basic ductless mini-split system
If you only need one room cooled, your ductless system setup will look like the image above. That’s called a single-zone system (one outdoor unit with one indoor unit).
However, if you need multiple rooms cooled, your ductless system will need 1 indoor unit per room. Luckily, 1 outdoor unit can handle up to 4 indoor units. If your setup involves multiple indoor units, it’s called a multi-zone system.
Since multi-zone systems require more indoor units (and a second outdoor unit, if you have more than 4 indoor units), the cost is greater than a single-zone unit.
Air conditioner size is measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units). The higher the BTU output of your ductless unit, the bigger and more expensive it is.
When it comes to ductless size, you want to make sure you get the correct size for room(s) you want to cool.
So how do you find the right size ductless unit?
You need to have a professional perform a cooling load calculation on the room(s) you want to cool.
A cooling calculation takes into account factors like:
Related article: How to Estimate AC Size for Your Denver Home
While size isn’t a factor you have a lot of choice in, ductless units have other features you can choose based on your preferences.
Let’s look at 2 things you can choose when buying a ductless unit(s):
Energy-efficient ductless models save you more on your monthly energy bills, but they’re also more expensive upfront.
Ductless system energy efficiency is measured by SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). Most ductless units range from 13 to 21 SEER. The higher the SEER, the more energy efficient the system.
For help determining SEER size, read our article: SEER vs SEER: Comparing AC Efficiency Ratings for Your Denver Home.
You can add the following comfort features to your ductless AC, but they will raise the cost of the unit:
Besides the cost of the actual ductless system itself, you’ll also have to factor in the cost to install the system.
Some installation considerations that increase prices include:
Generally, higher-quality contractors with more experience charge more for their installation services.
However, you get what you pay for. A high-quality contractor will do better work, which means your ductless AC system will perform better and need fewer repairs in the long run.
How do you know if a contractor is experienced and does good work?
If a contractor is high quality, they’ll...
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