Ductless Heat Pump Cost
The cost of a ductless heat pump installation will largely depend on whether your home will require one, two, three, or four ductless heat pumps units. A single ductless heat pump costs around $1800, double heat pump installation will cost $2500. Three heat pumps would cost around $3000, and a quad ductless heat pump installation would cost you $3800+.
The size of your home and its energy efficiency affect the number of units you will need. Keep in mind that projects like adding insulation to your attic, closing off leaks around doors and windows, and adding a low-emissivity film to your windows can make the job much easier for your ductless air conditioner.
What is a Ductless Heat Pump?
Flexible and small in size, a ductless heat pump, also referred to as a mini-split heat pump system is versatile as well as economical and is a good choice for homes that do not have a ductwork system installed throughout the house.
The ductless system consists of two components. One for the outside referred to as the compressor or condenser, and the indoor unit referred to as the air-handler.
A mini-split system is designed to heat or cool a main area in conjunction with your current heating system. For example, if you rely on electric space heaters for heat, or a window or portable air conditioning unit for heating or cooling, you can still use these appliances while using a ductless system. The system adds additional heating or cooling to the same room equipped with other appliances or can be used in a room or area that is without any other heating or cooling device.
Pros – Ductless Heat Pump System
A major advantage to ductless air conditioning systems is that it works wonders as a retro-fit (add-on) to non-ducted systems and when installing, you do not incur the cost of ductwork installation.
Ductless heat pumps are also easier to install compared to other HVAC system. All that’s necessary is for the contractor to bore a three-inch hole through whichever wall you choose. The hole is for the conduit and cables.
The air-handler has a lot of flexibility when it comes to positioning. The ductless heat pump unit(s) can be hung directly on a wall, mounted flush against a ceiling, or hung/suspended from a ceiling. Some brands also offer free-standing floor models.
Cons – Ductless Heat Pumps
While fast, quick, convenient, and an economical source for providing additional heat to an already established heating method, a ductless heat pump does not provide the same heating or cooling power of a forced-air system. The ductless system is used more as an enhancement versus the main source of heating or cooling.