Ductless HVAC Product Pricing Questions? Find Your Answers

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Your home is unique; its architecture, location, position, current level of insulation – as well as your individual definition of comfort – mean that you need a solution that adapts to your needs.

Do frigid temperatures (inside and out) bring renewed vows of “I’m finally going to upgrade my heating system!”? When the mercury soars, do you think, “We really need to do something about the AC!”? You’re not alone. And if you’re wondering about the cost of installing a new ductless HVAC system, well, you’re not alone there either. What do you need to know about product pricing?

Your home is unique; its architecture, location, position, current level of insulation – as well as your individual definition of comfort – mean that you need a solution that adapts to your needs. And it also means that it’s impossible to quote an exact price without a full evaluation of your home. There are factors, however, that impact the price:

The Cost of Equipment

What do you need your ductless system to do for your home?

Cooling and/or heating? If you opt for a cooling only unit, your cost will be lower than if you need it to handle both cooling and heating. 

Single-room or Multi-room? A single-room solution, ideal for basements, additions, and other “problem areas” that are difficult to cool or heat, is a lower cost option. When you need a system that can handle multiple rooms, the cost is increased for several reasons:

  • You will need longer refrigerant lines (which connect the outdoor units with indoor evaporator coils) than required for single-room systems.
  • You will need a bigger outdoor condenser unit and more indoor air handlers.

At the same time, consider the cost savings of installing either a single- or multi-room system. You can decrease energy use, cut monthly bills, and begin to realize a return on your investment.

Model Differences

Differences in specific models can also influence your pricing:

  • Size. Typically, ductless units range in size from 2800 Btu/h to 34,600. Smaller units, of course, cost less, while larger units add to your cost. Your home’s size, location, positioning, insulation, and other factors will help determine the best size for your needs.
  • SEER Rating. The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio measures cooling and heating system efficiency. Systems with higher ratings may come with a higher price tag (but even bigger savings down the line).
  • Wall-mount. Discrete wall-mounted units deliver individual, customized comfort in each room. Because of the variety of wall-mounted units available, some cost more than others. A deluxe system, with all of the bells and whistles, will come at a higher cost than a base model.
  • Ceiling-mount. Masters at blending in, ceiling-mounted indoor units are a bit more expensive, but they provide you with enhanced air distribution in return.
  • Floor-mount. These units are ideal for smaller spaces or rooms with limited wall space. They are used in multi-room solutions, so the overall cost will be higher.
  • Added Features. You may opt for additional features to optimize your comfort. Models equipped with the i-see Sensor® to monitor temperatures at floor-level, high-performance filters to scrub and deodorize the air, convenient Wi-Fi control, and other innovative features impact cost. But you may find that the price is well worth it (and soon recouped in a greater enjoyment of your home).

Ductwork Needs

To cut costs, you can utilize existing ductwork with:

  • Split-ducted Systems. The refrigerant lines fit discretely into existing ductwork.
  • Multi-position Ducted. These are designed as a replacement for your central air and/or furnace and can also make use of that existing ductwork. Advanced multi-position air handlers can be assembled to fit into small spaces, including closets, attics, or equipment rooms with ease and are usually comparable priced with multi-room solutions.

There is no one-sized-fits-all answer to the question, “How much does a ductless system cost?” A trusted contractor can help you find a solution that meets your needs – and delivers customized comfort every day of every season.

This article and its content are sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric US Inc., Cooling & Heating Division.

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