Split Air Conditioner Prices: An Overview

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Split air conditioners fall under the definition of a “central air conditioner,” but with a distinct difference from a packaged system: split air conditioners separate the hot parts the system from the cold parts of the system in two distinct areas. Usually, this means the hot side (the condensing unit) is outside your home and the cold side (the expansion valve and cold coil) goes inside. In other words, it’s basically an oversized window unit. The operation is exactly the same, except it’s on a larger scale, which of course means split air conditioner prices are significantly higher than their window style counterparts. The advantage of a split air conditioner is significant as well; noise produced by an air conditioner is located outside your home.

Split air conditioner prices, including installation, usually fall somewhere between $1,700 to $7,000. That range is wide for a reason: efficiency ratings, features, system size, brand name, location, ductwork installation, and other factors all play a role.

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Split Air Conditioner Condensing Unit: Keeping the Hot Side Outside

Ductwork, as noted above, can lead to thousands of dollars in added installation cost. For this reason, it can be wise to aim for a mini-split ductless air conditioner if you live in a small home and have no existing ductwork in your house or if its the ductwork is old and costly to repair. Ductless mini-split air conditioners spread cool air throughout your home using a three-inch wide conduit, which can disperse air in four separate zones, eliminating the need for ducts. Each “zone” can have its own thermostat. As an added bonus, the outside condenser (the hot part) can be left outside, up to 20 feet from the building. However, ductless split air conditioner prices are somewhat steep. Plan on spending about $1,500 to $2,000 for each 600-square-foot of the home.


Split air conditioner prices tend to be less than packaged systems, which often come with electric heating coils or a natural gas furnace built-in. Split air conditioners does not usually have these features, meaning split air conditioning is often a wiser purchase if you already own a furnace.

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