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How Much Does it Cost to Install a Ductless AC in Fort Myers?

September 13, 2018

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The cost to install a ductless AC system in Fort Myers, Florida ranges from $3,200 to $8,000 with the average cost being around $4,200.

We know—that’s a pretty big price range.

The reason the price can vary within that range is because a ductless AC installation depends on 2 main factors:

  • The specifications of the ductless unit(s)

  • The labor needed to install your ductless system

Let’s look at both of those points in more detail…

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Factor #1: Specifications of your unit(s)

The prices of ductless (also called mini-split) systems can vary based on specifications like:

  • The size of the ductless unit(s)

  • The efficiency rating of the unit(s)

  • The number of rooms you need cooled

The size of the ductless unit(s)

The “bigger” your ductless unit(s), the higher the installation cost will be.

But ductless AC size doesn’t necessarily mean that the physical dimensions of the units are larger.

Instead, the size of a ductless AC system is measured by its BTU (British Thermal Unit) output, which is the amount of cool air the unit can put out in one hour. Most ductless AC units range from 9,000 BTUs to 44,000 BTUs.

The size of your ductless system depends on several factors, including:

  • The square footage of your room

  • The number of doors and windows the room has

  • The insulation levels of the room

  • How much direct sunlight the room gets

  • The type of flooring the room has

  • And much more

Sound like a lot to consider? Well, luckily you don’t have to worry about it. You see, a professional will take all of those factors into consideration and calculate what size ductless system you need.


The efficiency rating of the unit(s)

The more efficient your ductless unit(s), the higher the installation cost will be.

Similar to central AC units, the efficiency of ductless units is measured by SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio).

The higher the SEER, the less energy your ductless system will consume, which means the lower your monthly energy bills will be. However, higher-SEER units are more expensive upfront. Most ductless units range anywhere from 14 to 21 SEER.

Wondering what SEER you should get? Well, it depends on your budget:

  • Willing to spend more upfront for lower energy bills? Consider a 16+ SEER ductless system.

  • On a tight budget? Go with a 14 SEER system.

The number of rooms you need cooled

The more rooms you need cooled, the higher your installation cost will be because you’ll need one indoor ductless unit for each room you need cooled.

A diagram of the 2 different parts of a mini-split AC system

Luckily, one outdoor unit can handle up to 8 indoor units, so you don’t have to purchase an outdoor unit unless you need more than 8 rooms cooled.

Factor #2: The labor needed to install your AC system

4 factors that affect the cost of labor include:

  • The material of your home

  • The number of indoor and outdoor units you need

  • Whether or not you need to modify your home’s electrical capacity

  • The contractor you hire to do the installation

The material of your home

Your mini-split installer will need to drill a 3-inch hole into your wall to connect the electrical and refrigerant lines from the indoor unit to the outdoor unit.

If your home is made of delicate material like stucco, the cost of labor will be more expensive because a carpenter may be needed to create the pass-through hole.

On the other hand, if your home is made of durable materials like plywood, wood framing or metal sliding the installer should be able to create the hole themselves.

The number of indoor and outdoor units you need

The more units you need installed (both indoor and outdoor units), the more the installation will cost.

That’s because the tech will need to cut a 3-inch conduit hole for each indoor unit, plus they’ll need to mount each indoor unit to the wall and connect conduit lines from the outdoor unit the indoor unit.

Whether or not you need to modify your home’s electrical capacity

If your home’s electrical system needs to be upgraded to handle your ductless system, the installation cost will increase.

Examples of electrical modifications include:

  • Upgrading existing outlets to 110-volt or 220-volt (ductless systems over 12,000 BTUs will need a 220-volt outlet)

  • Adding a dedicated dual pole 20-amp circuit breaker to your electrical panel

  • Upgrade your electrical panel to accommodate the ductless system

The contractor you hire

Higher-quality contractors with more experience generally charge more for their installation services. But they also do better installation work, which saves you all the money and hassle that comes from a poorly installed ductless system.

So beware of contractors who offer super low prices upfront. Super low prices tend to equal poor quality work in the HVAC industry.

To find a high-quality contractor, look for the following things:

  • Verify that the contractor is licensed and insured in Fort Myers

  • Make sure the contractor offers upfront pricing—in writing

  • Check that the company has good online customer reviews (on sites like Yelp, Google and Facebook)

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