Mini-split Installation Cost Guide

Mini-split ACs are an excellent choice for modern homes. While these units cost more than window ACs, they offer a more affordable solution than central AC systems. Compared to window units, mini-splits have an edge in several ways. They’re quieter, less obstructive, and more energy-efficient. Most importantly, they won’t block your windows the way other units do.

At Hurliman Heating & Air Conditioning, we provide affordable ductless mini-split AC services for our clients, depending on their required configuration and budget. In this article, we’ll discuss the factors affecting mini-split installation.

Ductless mini-split installation costs

Opting for a ductless mini-split AC system can be a more economical choice compared to a central system, especially when ductwork is not already in place. The expense associated with this choice depends largely on the specific configuration of the installed units throughout the home.

More specifically, the quantity of sections or cooling zones you opt to establish will influence the total expense. In other words, an increase in cooling zones may lead to a proportional rise in expenses.

Unfortunately, a generic online quote often isn’t viable, as the actual cost to have a unit installed can be highly variable depending on a homeowner’s unique circumstances. In most cases, it’s best to consult a professional, as they’ll be able to give an accurate estimate based on your situation.

What the cost to install mini-splits includes

Labor costs make up the majority of the installation charges for ductless ACs. 

You need to work closely with an established HVAC company to position your unit in the right place. Generally, it’s recommended to mount the outdoor unit in your yard on a concrete slab. An expert will typically run the refrigerant lines by cutting a hole in the wall, setting up the electrical connections and wiring between the outdoor and indoor units.

With the labor involved in this process, it makes sense to factor in the installation charges of the technician. After all, calculating labor costs and time also means including allied tasks like removing an existing AC unit and disposing of electrical waste safely.

Factors influencing mini-split installation costs

The overall investment for a mini-split AC installation is influenced by a multitude of factors. Here are just a few of them.

The size of your home and the number of cooling zones

Notably, the size of your residence and the desired number of cooling zones play a significant role in shaping the overall financial commitment required. 

Each cooling area or zone necessitates its own specialized equipment and setup, amplifying the project’s complexity. In other words, cost variations can depend largely on the amount of cooling zones because of the associated equipment, labor, and parts needed for the setup. 

This means the more zones you have, the more resource-intensive it becomes. Each added indoor unit increases the demand for the outdoor unit, raising the amount of the overall investment.

For example, suppose you have a larger dwelling that requires four to five cooling zones. The distance between these zones and the outdoor unit creates a greater need for more essential materials, more perforations in your walls and ceilings for wiring (contributing to masonry expenses), and more extras like drainage lines, refrigerants, and electricity.

Whether you’ll need electrical upgrades

Installation costs are not just about the device itself but also additional elements like possible electrical upgrades. Environmentally, it’s a great decision to go for a mini-split AC, as these systems can help you save power by as much as 40%. However, it also means you need to configure the electrical systems in your home to ensure the right flow of power. 

A professional will assess the electrical infrastructure of your residence and may recommend upgrading your electrical panels. In some cases, they may also need to install new wires and circuits.

Also, the size and capacity of other electrical appliances at your home determine the necessary electrical bandwidth required overall. For instance, if you already have EV chargers, hot tubs, or water heaters in your home, you might have to upgrade your electrical system before installing your AC.

Whether you take advantage of rebates and incentives

If you’re someone who supports energy-efficient and eco-friendly cooling solutions, you can benefit from rebates and incentives for installing mini-split ACs. Households can receive substantial rebates for embracing new AC technology.

Even if the upfront mini-split installation cost is high, rebates can significantly compensate for the overall amount paid.

All these components collectively shape the overall investment of your ductless mini split installation cost, which varies from one household to another, depending on their specific needs and circumstances.

How can you reduce the cost of installing a mini-split AC?

While the cost to install a mini-split AC can be high, it’s recommended to manage it in a tactical way. 

For example, consider investing in air sealing and proper insulation for your home. This way, you can settle for smaller, energy-efficient units in each zone. 

Prices for HVAC equipment can fluctuate throughout the year, and purchasing it in an off-season period could help secure you a better price. 

Demand for HVAC professionals also fluctuates throughout the year and might provide you with lower installation rates during these slower times.

Though energy-efficient models may cost more upfront, they will ultimately save significant energy costs over time. Look for one with an energy star rating (i.e., units that are more energy efficient).

Give us a call now!

At Hurliman Heating & Air Conditioning, we find satisfaction in catering to the exact requirements of our clients. Depending on your specific needs and zoning requirements, we can help you choose the right configuration for your home quickly and easily. 

We strive to offer comprehensive quotations, factoring in all important aspects to help you understand the grand total of your investment.

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