Mitsubishi split-unit ductless systems are fantastic heating and cooling solutions for homeowners and businesses in Northeastern Pennsylvania. If you are seriously considering a ductless solution, you probably already know how quiet and efficient these systems are. And, due to the high SEER/HSPF ratings delivering great energy efficiency, these units reduce your energy costs and quickly pay for itself. This article discusses how much ductless air conditioning cost (and heating).
With that being said, exactly how much should a homeowner expect to pay for a ductless AC system installed in Pennsylvania whether their home is in Carbon County, Monroe County or any surrounding areas?
One factor that plays an important role with the installation costs is the familiarity and experience that a PA HVAC contractor has with ductless technology. Ductless technology is not new however, not all HVAC contractors are well versed with installing and maintaining these systems.
Mini-split technology was introduced en mass in the 1970s. However, these systems did not gain the same popularity as they did in Japan during their early years. Interestingly, in Japan, ductless accounts for 90% of all HVAC systems sold and in more than 80% in Europe.
In the early days of ductless, the new technology, unfamiliarity and limited access to information slowed the growth of ductless installations in the United States. However, high energy savings have caused major utility companies, government agencies and homeowners to take notice. The financial incentives associated with ductless technology has made it one of the fastest growing segments in the HVAC industry in Pennsylvania.
Not All Ductless Contractors Are Created Equal
It is crucial to understand that not all Pennsylvania HVAC contractors have experience with ductless technology. It may appear to be a simple installation. However, homeowners really should hire experienced ductless installers for their home. Be sure to ask your contractor how long they have been installing ductless systems. You can also ask them how many ductless systems they have installed. Also ask them if they have installed ductless units in homes similar to yours.
Mitsubishi offers additional benefits when a ductless system is installed by one of their trained, certified contractors. R.F. Ohl is proud to be associated with Mitsubishi Electric Ductless systems, and proud to be recognized as one of Northeastern PA’s only Mitsubishi Diamond Contractors that has qualified for Elite Status.
How Much Does a Mitsubishi Ductless System Cost?
There are several factors that go into the pricing of a ductless installation such as;
- The size of the unit (BTU’s)
- The type of unit (AC only, heat & air conditioning, hyperheat, etc)
- The number of areas (or zones) being conditioned
- The degree of difficulty of the installation (How far the indoor and outdoor units are from each other, the construction of the outer wall to be drilled to carry the line sets, etc.)
- The capacity of your existing electrical panel
- Configuration of your system
Since ductless systems are so flexible and allow for so many possibilities in installation, the configuration can move your install pricing from the low end to the high end of the pricing range. However, all ductless installs consist of these basic parts:
AT LEAST ONE INDOOR WALL UNIT (EVAPORATOR/AIR HANDLER)
AN OUTDOOR CONDENSER
Pricing For Single Zone Ductless Installs
Professional installation of the most basic, or single zone, configuration (consisting of one wall unit, a condenser and a line set) will cost between $3,500 and $5,000. This layout is ideal for many kinds of applications like conditioning the air in a sun room, pool house, a single room, garage, attic, and some smaller homes.
Pricing For Multi-Zone Ductless Installs
Some homeowners need only one ductless unit for their home, while others install 3, 4 or 5 units. It all depends on the layout of the home and what works best for the homeowner. A multi-zone system consisting of two indoor evaporator units typically run between $7,000 and $10,000. A more complex multi-zone system that has 4 zones will run anywhere from $14,000 t0 $17,000.
An attractive feature of ductless solutions is the ability to add-on indoor units in the future. If you anticipate having a need to expand, we can design a system that will accommodate future indoor zones from a single outdoor condenser. This allows you to add a zone(s) based upon your household budget.
Ductless Heating & Air Conditioner vs. Central Heating & Air Conditioner
The energy savings in ductless is far greater than traditional, central air conditioning / heating systems. In ductless systems, there are no ducts and therefore no energy loss in the ductwork. The average central forced air system experiences a 20% loss of the system’s energy consumption in ductwork.
The long term maintenance expense of a ductless system is less expensive than a ducted system. Also, the ability to turn on or off a single zone based on usage helps to conserve the total amount of energy being consumed. Finally, taking into consideration very attractive rebate programs and payment plans, ductless heating and cooling solutions typically end up saving homeowners money over the long run.
Want a Ductless System Installed In Your Home or Business?
If you are ready to get a ductless system installed, you will need an experienced and qualified installer, like R.F. Ohl. Aside from the fact that we would love to earn your business, you want to work with a heating and cooling contractor that has tons of experience with these systems. R.F. Ohl has earned the prestigious Elite Diamond Contractor distinction from Mitsubishi, letting you know that you’re in good hands with R.F. Ohl.
If you are interested in exploring ductless for your home, call us at 610-377-1098 to schedule a free in-home consultation with one of our Home Comfort Specialists or click the button below to schedule an appointment online.
Here is an infographic that provides more great info about ductless, provided by the folks at Gemaire: