What are the contributing factors that make up the system cost?
The first step to understanding the cost of a new Zoned Comfort Solution for your Philadelphia-area home is to understand the individual elements that contribute to that cost:
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 $5,000 to $20,000. Your costs will vary and may be higher or lower than this estimate.
Labor and Equipment. In addition to the cost of the equipment, there is the cost for design and installation of the system, customized for your home and needs. In general, the cost is approximately equal to the cost of the equipment itself, that covers our certified and trained technicians who can handle refrigerants safely, as well as perform the plumbing and electrical work necessary for an installation. Labor costs also vary depending on the complexity of the installation, and this may vary depending on the type of home you own as well.
Possible additional costs:
Electrical. These systems require a 240V outlet, which can cost between $200 to $1,000. 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.
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 be sure to discuss the possible alternatives with us when designing your system and picking the best location for the outdoor unit.
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 which adds a level of complexity – where others may use existing ductwork in the home. Adding ductwork could add potentially 75 percent to the labor cost. One of the best things about Mitsubishi zoned comfort solutions, especially for older homes and condos, is that they can be installed without ductwork, saving you the time, money and inconvenience of retrofitting a home.
Controllers. 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. There are even Kumo Cloud controllers available, which allow you to control your system from your smart phone, a benefit more and more people in the greater Philadelphia area are choosing.
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 the mountains or near the water. Some of these homes may require specialized designs and/or equipment, all of which impacts the cost of the system. Mitsuibishi’s Hyper-Heating INVERTER® technology is developed to provide comfortable indoor temperatures even in extreme cold-climate conditions (as low as minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit) while saving energy and money. We can design the perfect solutions that can work in any of the winter weather Mother Nature can dish out here in Philly.
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 us here at ECI, professional installation of the most basic, or single zone, configuration (consisting of one wall unit and condenser) will cost around $5,000 to $7,000. Depending on how you design your system (single or multi zone), its total price is likely to fall within a range that averages from $5,00 to $20,000.
Your specific price range is directly impacted by the choices you make when we sit down to design the perfect solution for your home 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.
Depending on your home and your needs, the best way to find out how much a system would cost is to give us a call here at ECI. As a licensed contractor, we can save you money by designing a system that works for your home and provides the comfort you need for your home- and for your budget.
To get a better idea of what a solution might look like for your home, be sure to check out our case studies of homes across the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley region. We’ve likely done an installation similar to your needs and you can get a feel to what the solution looks like and what we helped the owners achieve. No matter where you live or what sort of home you own, we’ve worked on a home like yours and we’re happy to provide you with examples of our work so you can see what’s possible.
Getting an estimate for your home
When you meet with us, 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. We’ll also talk to you about 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.