How much does it cost to install a mini split heat pump? Here in the Greater Philadelphia area, ductless heating and cooling in a single zone configuration, fully installed and ready to turn on starts at $3500, and the price goes up from there depending on the number of zones that require conditioning.
More people are choosing Mitsubishi Electric Ductless Mini-Split heat pumps and air conditioners for their home so they can add the comfort they want, right where they need it most. Mitsubishi’s ductless “mini-split” systems combined with WiFi technology and Mitsubishi Electric’s Kumo Cloud system, enable homeowners to manage multiple zones of heating and cooling in the areas of your home where you need it most. And because they are one of the most efficient systems on the market today, you can get the comfort you crave with the flexibility needed to fit your home and your budget.
If you’re like most of our customers, you’re wondering how much it would cost to get the heating and air conditioning you want, while ensuring you keep your monthly energy bills as low as possible.
The cost of zoned systems depends on many factors. The system consists primarily of an outdoor unit connected by refrigerant piping to one or more indoor units, that come in a variety of styles. These indoor units can be networked together to create zones of heating and cooling that can each be controlled separately. A single outdoor unit could create one zone or eight, or anything in between, depending on what you need and what your budget is. Even better, you can expand an existing system to include additional indoor zones in the future, allowing you to stage out costs over time if that’s a concern.
For example, homeowners of a row home in Old City in Philadelphia added a terrific zoned system to provide air conditioning. In order to get the necessary distribution of air throughout the row home, the unit was placed on the roof and short runs of ductwork allowed us to create two terrific zones of cooling comfort to combat Philadelphia’s increasingly hot and humid summers.
Over in Bucks County, near Bristol, ECI was able to provide much needed cooling for the second floor without adding any internal ductwork, making the home comfortable for the first time, without the hassles or huge energy bills associated with window a/c units. To read more about our installation for this single family home, click here.
Because of the customization and flexibility of this solution, it’s not as straightforward to give a price as it would be if you were just going to buy a window air conditioner or a whole home, unitary central heating and air system. The solutions offered by Mitsubishi’s Zoned Comfort solutions can be ducted or ductless, or a hybrid of both. This flexibility means the solution for your home, whether it’s a single family home in Bucks County, homes in Historic Elfreth’s Alley, in University City Philadelphia, or anything in between, the experts at ECI can help design the perfect zoned comfort solution for your home. The cost will vary depending on the number of zones you need to achieve the comfort you crave. We’ve even done zoned installations for businesses like this home/salon combo in Bristol, PA. We have the experience and expertise to make sure you get the best and most efficient solution on the market with a full twelve year warranty.
PROBLEM: A South Philly row home had no air conditioning. Our homeowner didn’t want to add ductwork, and there was no room outside for an AC condenser.
SOLUTION: Installed a Mitsubishi ductless mini-split with four air handlers inside and a side-discharge heat pump in the breezeway.
PROBLEM: Homeowners of a small yet historic home wanted to add heating and air conditioning while maintaining the architectural and historical integrity.
SOLUTION: Since space was at a premium and ductwork would have been extremely invasive, there was only one solution: ductless splits!
PROBLEM: A trinity home near the Italian Market was always too warm in the summer. There was no ductwork for central air.
SOLUTION: Installed a Mitsubishi ductless mini split system with three indoor air handlers. We mounted the heat pump along the second floor to preserve artwork near the sidewalk.
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:
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, 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 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 internal data from Mitsubishi, 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 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. As a result, the answer to the question, “How much does a Zoned Comfort Solution cost?” remains a range.
 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...
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
Give us a call here at ECI. Systems designed and installed by us are also covered by Mitsubishi’s 12-year parts and compressor limited warranty.
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.