How Much Does A Zoned Heating and Cooling System Cost?

How Much Does A Zoned Heating and Cooling System 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 Heating and Cooling System Cost?

If you’re reading this article, then you’re curious about what it will cost to take advantage of the comfort, efficiency and health benefits of having a zoned heating and cooling system installed in your home.

Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating (Mitsubishi Electric)'s zoned heating and cooling systems 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, an HVAC system can include ducted indoor units, ductless indoor units or a hybrid of both, and can provide cooling only or efficient and comfortable cooling and heating, even at temperatures well below zero. A system can be designed to condition one room or your entire home. 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. Mitsubishi Electric's systems are flexible, efficient solutions that can be configured to your specific budget and comfort needs. For this reason and others, a Zoned Comfort Solution will perform best if it is designed and installed by a licensed HVAC contractor trained to design and install this kind of system. As a matter of fact, to be eligible for Mitsubishi Electric's industry-leading 12 year warranty, your HVAC system must be installed by one of our more than 3,500 certified HVAC Contractors.

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While there are seemingly countless options for your home’s new HVAC system, it is possible to get a sense of how much you’ll be spending. What are the contributing factors that make up the cost of a zoned heating and cooling system?

The first step to understanding the cost of your home’s new HVAC system 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 an entire home with eight or more zones. Generally, new equipment can range in cost from under $3,000 for a one-room cooling option up to $15,000 or more for multiple zone heating and cooling systems. Your costs will vary and may be higher or lower than this estimate.

B. Installation Labor. This is what you pay your HVAC contractor to install the system (and remove your old system, if necessary). Contractors' labor prices vary widely, but you can expect to spend an amount roughly equal to your equipment cost. Your specific installation cost may 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 speak with your contractor about what is the best solution for your new system.

3. Ductless or ducted? When choosing ducted indoor units, it's difficult to generalize the cost. 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 communicate directly with an HVAC professional who is familiar with your home for advice and estimates regarding ductwork.

4. There are many controller options from which to choose with Zoned Comfort Solutions. What you select will affect the cost. Wall-mounted air conditioning and heating units come standard with a handheld wireless controller; or you may choose our popular kumo cloud® APP-based thermostat that allows you to program and control each zone from anywhere in the country from your smartphone, or our wireless wall-mounted thermostat that works just like other controllers in your home. For these options, factor in $200 to $300 per controller 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 HVAC 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.

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

When you meet with your contractor, discuss how many zones you need, where indoor and outdoor units might be placed, whether you need cooling only or heating and cooling, if you're replacing or supplementing an existing system, 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 HVAC 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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