Whether you’re looking to keep your loved ones more comfortable year-round, or your old window unit is in need of replacing and you want a longer-term heating and cooling solution, a ductless mini split unit might be the answer.
A ductless mini-split A/C and heating system provides zone heating and air conditioning without the need for ductwork, such as with central air. You can scrap installing new ductwork in older homes especially as in most cases it may not be feasible.
Factors that Determine Ductless Mini-Split Heating and Air Conditioner Cost
A mini-split A/C system costs on average up to 50% less than a central heating and A/C system, mostly because ductwork is not necessary and much less labor is needed. The price for your mini-split unit will be determined by many factors:
Single or multiple zones:
This is the main cost factor. The purchase price and installation costs will be higher for multi-zone equipment, as every zone will need its indoor unit, and each indoor unit has its installation costs. The more zones, the higher the price.
Choosing the right size system for your install is a crucial step in the planning stage that you will discuss with your Home Mechanics representative. System sizes are commonly compared against each other in BTUs. British Thermal Unit (BTU) is a measure of the heat content. It is the heat needed to raise the temperature of one pound of liquid water by 1 degree Fahrenheit. As your home size or required heating/cooling area increases, more BTUs are needed per square foot in order to move the temperature needle.
Every home is different, and every install comes with its own requirements to ensure success. Wall and floor units are much easier to install than in-duct, ducted, and ceiling units. Additionally, brick, stucco, and stone siding will be more difficult to bore holes in to run lines through, which means higher costs. The materials your home is made with may make the installation more complex. Home Mechanics has successfully installed mini-splits in all areas of Massachusetts homes, and we’ll be happy to help plan for a successful install with you.
A Few Things To Know About Mini-Split Heat Pump Units & Their Cost
A ductless mini-split A/C system is made up of three main parts, including inside air units, an outdoor condensing unit, and refrigerant coolant lines to connect everything. If you do not have extensive HVAC experience, we do not recommend attempting to install on your own, and you should refer to the advice of a professional Massachusetts HVAC mini-split installation company.
While there are many different pieces of equipment that make up the average mini-split heating and cooling install, labor, parts, and any custom installation requirements will influence the final cost.
Your team at Home Mechanics prepares and installs mini-split heat pumps that are tailored to your comfort and needs. Receive professional advice on how many zones you should have to cover your home’s heating and cooling requirements.
Cost to Install a Ductless Mini-Split by Number of Zones
One of the main considerations when installing a mini-split heating and A/C system is the number of zones that need to be covered within your home. A zone simply refers to a single room in a home. For instance, if you need a single room heated or cooled, you only need a one-zone unit for the project. As such, the fewer the zones, the less expensive the project will be.
Costs of Mini-Split A/C by Unit Size
The amount of air ductless mini-split systems can heat or cool in an hour is measured in BTUs (British thermal units) or tons. How many BTUs the system can handle will also determine the cost of the mini-split system.
The overall cost for the units may depend on the size of your home, the complexity of your heating and cooling system needs, and how many zones you need to set up. When you account for the seasonality in Massachusetts, having a professional like Home Mechanics help you is essential.
Additional Considerations When Choosing a Professional HVAC Company
Finding an HVAC professional who has a track record of successful mini-split installations is crucial to your project. Because of the installation process, issues may be found upon inspection, planning and even during the installation that an experienced professional will know how to address. If you are unsure how or where an installation should be performed, contact us today to discuss your options. We would love to show you the clients who love their new mini-split.
Most mini-split systems are entirely customizable, so you can choose the perfect fit for your home. Depending on your needs and requirements, the team at Home Mechanics can source, install and maintain your system to make it feel like it isn’t even there. Experienced professionals can make all the difference in ensuring the right product line and installation location is chosen for your heat pump indoors and outdoors.
Every House Is Different
If you also have radiant heating or other wall units, you might be able to use one ductless system to do the job instead of creating zones. Talk to your technician about the right options for your home. Our priority is finding a heating and cooling solution that fits your family, fits your home, and fits your budget. We always recommend a licensed professional measure your home and discuss placement, use cases, and needs before beginning. This way, you always know you’re making the right decision.
Homeowners in Massachusetts can apply for up to $25,000 with 0% interest free financing in Mass Save® Rebates for ductless mini-split units
Homeowners can save up to $10,000 in rebate incentives provided by Mass Save® for the installation of energy-efficient ductless mini-splits. Additionally, a Mass Save® Heat Loan may be available to you upon qualification. If you reside in Massachusetts and are looking to upgrade your heating and cooling systems this year, now is an outstanding time to contact a Massachusetts trusted HVAC and home maintenance company.
FAQs about Mini-Split A/C Systems Installation
What is a SEER rating?
A SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating indicates how much energy (and money) a unit will use over one season. Specifically, this is the ratio of the cooling output of an air conditioner and heat pump divided by the energy it uses in Watt-Hours. An efficient mini-split results in little energy waste by the unit, and can help lower your energy costs on the whole. The higher the SEER rating, the better.
Are ductless mini-split systems efficient?
It largely depends on the SEER of the unit. A minimum SEER rating of 16 is recommended, and units that are the most energy efficient have between 28 to 31 as a SEER rating. Discuss with a Home Mechanics representative the right unit for your home and needs.
One large advantage of mini-split systems is how efficient they are compared to other heating and cooling systems. Mini-splits can save up to 30% on your heating and cooling costs by simply avoiding the the internal duct work needed to run a central system.
How long do these mini-split A/C systems last?
Mini-split air conditioners often last significantly longer than traditional central air units. Most models will work for 15 to 20 years or more if they are properly maintained.
Can I install a mini-split myself?
The professionals at Home Mechanics do not recommend it. A mini-split installation requires careful planning and technical expertise regarding HVAC systems that only licensed contractors have.
If you are considering installing your own mini-split heat pump in Massachusetts this year, contact us to have our representatives guide you through the process.