We get a lot of questions from Minnesota homeowners about ductless heating and cooling units.
So in case you have the same questions, we’ve decided to share the most-asked questions about ductless heating and cooling systems:
In this article, we’ll give our answer for each of these questions. Let’s start with question #1…
It costs $3,500 to $15,000 to install a ductless system in Minnesota.
Why the huge price range?
Well, it depends on these 4 important cost factors:
Let’s look at these factors in more detail...
Basically, the more rooms you have, the more it will cost to install a ductless system. That’s because each room you want to have cooled needs an indoor unit to go in the room.
The good news is, 1 outdoor unit can serve up to 4 indoor units, so you may only need 1 outdoor unit for your home.
Ductless systems are like cars: some models have features that make them better, which also makes them more expensive.
You’ll want to consider these cost factors as you buy a ductless system:
Installation factors like your home’s construction (how easy it is to install the system) and voltage tolerance (how many volts your home’s electrical system can handle) also affect the price to install a ductless system. When a contractor gives you an installation quote, they’ll walk you through these cost factors.
Some contractors charge more than others for their installation services. As a general rule of thumb, you get what you pay for. A cheap but poorly installed ductless system leads to expensive repairs down the road. So it’s worth having it installed correctly in the beginning, even if it’s a little more expensive upfront.
Generally, a contractor with good customer satisfaction is an indication they’ll do a good job on your ductless installation.
For a more in-depth answer of this question, read our article, “Cost to Install Ductless Air Conditioning in Older Minnesota Home.”
This question boils down to one factor: whether or not your home already has air ducts.
You see, a central air system requires ductwork, and adding ductwork to a home that doesn’t have it is very expensive (up to $10,000 just for ductwork installation alone).
So here’s our answer: If you don’t have ductwork, go with a ductless system. But, if your home already has ductwork, stick with a central air heating and cooling system (no sense in not using your ducts if you have them).
Read our related article, “Ductless mini-split AC vs. Central Cooling for Older Homes in Minneapolis.”
The answer to this question comes down to money.
A ductless mini-split system is more expensive, but it’s also safer, more convenient and comfortable than a window AC.
But, if you’re on a tight budget, you may want to go with a window AC or heater.
Learn more about this question in our article, “Window AC Unit vs. Ductless Mini-Split: Which Is Best for an Older MN Home?”
Give us a call. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Already know you want a ductless system? We can give you a price estimate to install a ductless system in your home. Just call or drop us a line.