Angie's List: Installing a ductless air conditioner

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - "A ductless air conditioner can cost about $1,500 to $2,000 per ton of cooling capacity, but you need to remember while these systems are more expensive, not having the ductwork can be a little bit more efficient than a traditional air conditioner because you lose about 20% of the efficiency from the ductwork," says Angie's List's Angie Hicks.

Not only can it help you cool down, but it can also help improve your home's energy efficiency.

"The government standard currently is 13 SEER," says HVAC Contractor Chad Peterman. "A SEER rating is basically just an efficiency spectrum where you run from 13 as the standard for a traditional system on up to units that are 20 SEER efficient. Units like these, a one-to-one system, you can get efficiencies of 20 and a half SEER out of these units. They are extremely efficient."

Just make sure you keep the filter clean.

Your ductless system may also be able to give you heat in the winter if you install a heat pump.

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