How Much Does a Zoned Comfort Solution™ Cost?

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With so many options available to you, it’s easy to see why Zoned Comfort Solutions are not as straightforward to price as some other cooling and heating systems.

How Much Does a Zoned Comfort Solution™ Cost?

If you’re reading this article, then you’re curious about what it will cost to have a Zoned Comfort Solutions™ system installed in your home.

Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating (Mitsubishi Electric)’s Zoned Comfort Solutions™ are comprised of an outdoor unit connected by refrigerant piping to one or more indoor units. Indoor units come in a variety of styles, and can be networked together to create multiple zones – each controlled separately. A single outdoor unit can create one large zone, eight zones or anything in between. Likewise, a system can include ducted indoor units, ductless indoor units or a hybrid of both.  Consequently, Mitsubishi Electric’s Zoned Comfort Solutions give homeowners maximum flexibility in designing a super-efficient system that can meet nearly any comfort need.

With so many options available to you, it’s easy to see why Zoned Comfort Solutions are not as straightforward to price as some other cooling and heating systems. This isn’t a window a/c unit you can buy online and insert into your window. This is a state-of-the-art, extremely efficient system that can be configured to your specific needs. For this reason and others, a Zoned Comfort Solution must be designed and installed by a licensed HVAC contractor trained to design and install this very kind of system. As a matter of fact, to be eligible for Mitsubishi Electric’s industry-leading 12 year warranty, your system must be installed by one of our more than 3,500 certified Diamond Contractors™. 

While there are seemingly countless options for your home’s new Zoned Comfort Solution, it is possible to get a sense of how much you’ll be spending.

 

What are the contributing factors that make up the system cost?

 The first step to understanding the cost of your home’s new Zoned Comfort Solution is to understand the individual elements that contribute to that cost:
 
A. New equipment. Each Zoned Comfort Solution includes an outdoor unit, indoor unit(s), controls and parts including the refrigerant line-set, wiring and electrical accessories. Conditioning one room or zone comes at a significantly different price than heating and cooling a home with eight or more zones. Generally, new equipment comes in at $3,000 to $15,000. Your costs will vary and may be higher or lower than this estimate.
 
B. Labor and Equipment Mark-up. This is what you pay your HVAC contractor to install the system (and remove your old system, as necessary). Contractors’ labor prices vary widely, but expect to spend an amount roughly equal to your equipment cost. Your specific installation cost might be less or more expensive depending on your geographic location and the complexity of your installation.
 

C. Possible additional costs

1. Electrical. You may need to hire a licensed electrician to install a new 240V outlet, which generally costs $200 to $1,000, but varies based on geographic location and the nature of the work being performed. The price will increase if your home’s electrical panel requires a new 240V circuit. To avoid surprises, securing an estimate before purchasing a new system is always advised.
2. Equipment pad or stand. Creating an even surface underneath the outdoor unit for proper drainage generally costs $50 to $300. Alternatively, units can be mounted on brackets so talk with your contractor about what is the best solution for your new system.
3. Ductless or ducted? Choosing ducted indoor units introduces a price that is difficult to generalize. Some homeowners might be installing ductwork for the first time while others may be repurposing some of their existing ductwork, which adds a level of complexity – adding potentially 75 percent to the labor cost. It’s best to talk directly with an HVAC professional familiar with your home for advice and estimates regarding ductwork.
4. There are many controller options to choose from with Zoned Comfort Solutions. What you select will affect the cost. Wall-mounted units come standard with a handheld wireless controller; otherwise, factor in $200 to $300 per controller for a wall mounted thermostat or APP based control for each zone.

D. Any additional equipment needed for unique situations. Some homes need a little extra something; this is true for older homes, high-performance homes, and homes in cold weather regions where the ambient temperature regularly drops below minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit. These homes often require specialized designs and/or equipment, all of which impacts the cost of the system. Our Hyper-Heating INVERTER® technology is developed to provide comfortable indoor temperatures in extreme cold-climate conditions (as low as minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit) while saving energy and money, so in many climates you will not need additional heating equipment.

 

As you can see, there are a lot of variables that affect the estimated cost of a Zoned Comfort Solution. While it is impossible to get a precise estimate of your costs without consulting a local contractor, there is some third-party data available regarding the low end of the cost range. In July 2016, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance published a study[1] showing that simpler heating and cooling zoned comfort solution installations (defined as having one outdoor unit connected to one indoor unit) range from $3,913 to $4,633. Based on this study as well as our internal data, Mitsubishi Electric estimates that you can expect to pay – on average – between $4,000 and $5,500 for each zone (each area you want to condition). Depending on how you design your system, its total price is likely to fall within a range that averages from $4,000 to $20,000.

 Your specific price range is directly impacted by the choices you and your contractor make regarding the number of zones you want to condition, whether to use ductless or ducted indoor units, whether you need cooling only or heating and cooling, if you want a standard or premium product, what type of indoor units work best and so on. The range of costs will also be determined by where you live. A licensed electrician in your area might cost more or less than a licensed electrician in another state. As a result, the answer to the question, “How much does a Zoned Comfort Solution cost?” remains a range.

Nevertheless thousands of homeowners in the United States have purchased Zone Comfort Solutions and with our network of over 3,500 Diamond Contractors we have been able to identify some specific installation costs on some of our more popular systems.

 


[1] The study was titled, “Northwest Ductless Heat Pump Initiative: Market Progress Evaluation Report #5”; the study can be read in full at http://neea.org/docs/default-source/reports/northwest-ductless-heat-pump...
 
 
*The Fully Installed Price is a preliminary quote based on the number of rooms you added, their dimensions and your desired unit types. This price is subject to change based on individual circumstances that will be evaluated during a project assessment by your local contractor     
 

The total cost of your Zoned Comfort Solution can differ wildly. Before you part with any cash, have a licensed HVAC contractor visit your home and perform a full assessment. The size of your home, the age of your home and where your home is located can have a significant impact on how much you pay. A licensed Diamond Contractor can save you money by precisely designing the right system for your particular situation, and providing the maximum reliability over the long term. 

Do your research and make sure you don’t lose out when it comes to your next Zoned Comfort Solution.

Getting an estimate for your home
First, find a qualified contractor in your area. Mitsubishi Electric recommends working with Diamond Contractors™, licensed HVAC contractors with specific training and experience installing Mitsubishi Electric products. Systems designed and installed by a Diamond Contractor are also covered by our 12-year parts and compressor limited warranty.

When you meet with your contractor, discuss how many zones you want, where indoor and outdoor units might go, whether you need cooling only or heating and cooling, if you prefer ductless or ducted options (or a mix) and any special considerations – for example if you’re interested in a unit with an i-See™ sensor that detects temperature variations and controls the airflow. Your contractor will also let you know what to expect during the installation process.

 Sounds pretty good, right? Soon you’ll have your estimated cost, and after that – a future filled with personalized comfort and energy savings.

 

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