There are some key questions to answer before you take on any home improvement project.
To start, you must be 100 percent on board with carrying out the project from start to finish. If you’re having any doubts, you may be unhappy with the end result – and that’s not a risk you want to take.
Furthermore, take the time to learn more about the financial aspect of the project. Answer questions such as:
- How much will it cost upfront?
- What’s the total cost of the project?
- Are there any ongoing costs, such as for maintenance?
- Will it add value to your home?
While all these questions are important, it’s the final one that deserves a good portion of your attention. After all, there’s nothing more satisfying than a project that puts a smile on your face, provides you with benefits, and increases the value of your home.
When it comes to ductless AC, here’s what you need to know: it almost always adds value to your home.
This is particularly true if you don’t currently have any air conditioning. When people are searching for a new home – especially in areas like Boston with hot summers – they’re more attracted to those with a fully functioning AC system.
Without this, the buyer only has two options:
- Learn to live through the hot summer months without AC
- Take on the cost of installing ductless AC or central air
Either way, the buyer loses. They either have to live several months of the year in hot conditions, or take on an extensive project.
The Cost of Ductless AC
The cost of your ductless AC system depends on many factors, including but not limited to:
- Size of the system
- Type of system
- Size of your home
For example, HomeAdvisor estimates the average cost of a 12,000 BTU ductless mini-split air conditioning system at $3,000. But again, this will vary depending on the factors above, meaning you may pay more or less.[i]
Here are some other points of consideration regarding the cost of ductless AC:
- Less damage to your home: Installing central air is a time consuming process that results in the interior of your home being taken apart. It’s not easy to run ductwork through a pre-existing home (as opposed to new construction). So, in addition to the unit, you have to pay for repairs, such as to patch walls and ceilings. This doesn’t come into play with ductless AC.
- More efficient than traditional HVAC systems: With a higher level of energy efficiency, you’re spending less money each month to cool your home. And that’s something that every homeowner enjoys.
So, with all that in mind, it’s easy to see that ductless AC definitely adds value to your home. Even if you have no intention of selling in the near future, it’s still nice to know that you’re getting a good return on your investment.
If you have any questions about ductless AC, including those associated with the cost, contact us to book an appointment.