The cost of a Carrier ductless mini-split installation near Oxford, PA, completely installed and ready to turn on starts at about $4,600 for a single-zone system and the price goes up from there depending on a number of factors.
In Southern Chester County, we work in many homes built without air conditioning.
Often homeowners start off using window air conditioners which are bulky and noisy, and they still leave large portions of your home hot and sticky during the summer.
There are also plenty of homes in and around Oxford, PA that have rooms over the garage, basements, attics, and sunrooms that are just uncomfortable in the Winter and Summer.
But what can you do to solve this problem?
Carrier Ductless heating and cooling systems are designed to provide both heating and cooling where traditional systems aren’t practical or won’t get the job done.
Ductless systems allow you to set up separate zones of comfort that can provide custom heating and cooling right where you want it and need it most.
The systems consist of two main parts- an outdoor condenser system that works as a heat pump and can be connected to multiple indoor units that can be individually controlled.
That’s why these systems are known as Mini-splits- the two parts work together while providing a small profile that you can fit into almost any room where extra comfort is wanted.
These systems are so modular and flexible, you can often get the comfort you want at a price you can afford, and even choose to add on additional zones in the future, as your budget may allow.
Carrier ductless systems are also super-efficient and use 60% less energy on heating and 30% less energy on cooling than traditional electric heaters or window air conditioning systems.
And because they can act as both heating and cooling for your home, you can have that touch of heat where you want without turning on the heating system for the whole house- and that saves you a ton of energy- and money- as well!
Knowing how much comfort can be provided by Carrier ductless systems, everyone wants to know what they cost. The short answer is “It Depends.”
The cost of a Carrier ductless heating and cooling system for your home in and around Oxford, Jennersville, London Grove, or other parts of our area depends on a couple of factors including:
A. New equipment.
Carrier ductless system installations include an outdoor unit, indoor unit(s), controls and parts including the refrigerant line-set, wiring, and electrical accessories.
Depending on whether you are making one room comfortable or are creating many different zones of comfort means there can be a significant difference in price.
Generally, new equipment comes in between $3,000 to $15,000.
Your costs will vary depending on what you need and where we have to install the equipment and may be higher or lower than this estimate.
B. 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 for this service and expertise is approximately equal to the cost of the equipment itself.
These costs help cover our certified and trained technicians who have special training on how to 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. As you can imagine, working with a home with an all-stone exterior rather than other materials may add additional costs.
C. Possible additional costs
1. Electrical. Carrier ductless heating and cooling systems require a 240V outlet The outlet itself 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, to find out whether additional electrical work would be required.
2. Equipment pad or stand. Creating an even surface underneath the outdoor portion of your new Carrier Ductless system that allows for proper drainage generally costs $50 to $300. Alternatively, the outdoor condenser 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. With their slim profile, we can place the outdoor unit almost anywhere!
3. Ductless or ducted? Carrier ductless systems can also be designed to work with ducted systems, or you might want to opt for a short run of ducts to serve specific areas.
Choosing ducted indoor units introduces a price that is difficult to generalize.
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.
One of the best things about Carrier ductless systems, 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 with ductwork.
4. Controllers. Carrier ductless systems are compatible with a variety of controllers. 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. Some controllers also allow you to control the units through a smartphone app or even have Alexa or Google Home control the unit by voice, so be sure to ask about these options as well.
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 near the water. In our area, some people opt for extra corrosion prevention because living in areas close to mushroom farms can sometimes mean extra wear and tear on your HVAC systems, and corrosion protection can extend the life of your system.
Carrier’s 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- and we can create a system for you that will keep you comfortable no matter what Mother Nature dishes out here in the Oxford area!
As you can see, there are a lot of variables that affect the estimated cost of a Carrier ductless mini-split system.
While it is impossible to get a precise estimate of your costs without consulting a local contractor like us here at Oxford Plumbing and Heating, 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 Carrier, 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 will be impacted by the choices you make with the experts here at Oxford Plumbing and Heating.
Depending on the number of areas you want to serve, what sort of indoor unit you select, whether you want air conditioning only or heating and cooling, if you want a standard or customized controller, and so on.
 The study was titled, “Northwest Ductless Heat Pump Initiative: Market Progress Evaluation Report #5”. Click here to find the full report. Even though it’s a few years old, the core value behind ductless heat pumps and their relation to energy savings is clearly outlined in the free report.
Depending on your needs and your home, the best way to find out how much a system would cost is to call the experts here at Oxford Plumbing and Heating.
As a licensed Carrier contractor, we can save you money by designing a system that works for your home and provides the comfort you want- and works for your budget.
We also have a number of case studies that will show you how a carrier ductless system has made homes throughout the Oxford, PA area more comfortable, every day of the year.
We’ve probably done an installation at a home like yours, and you can get a sense of what a new Carrier Ductless Mini-Split system would look like in your home.