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What A Ductless HVAC Installation Costs

How much does a Mitsubishi ductless HVAC installation cost in and around East Dundee, IL?

Here in the Greater Chicago area a Mitsubishi ductless HVAC installation, single zone mini-split system, completely installed and ready to turn on, starts at $3,200 and it goes up from there depending on a number of factors.

But before we can answer this question for your specific home, we like to explain what goes into the pricing and the brand we've partnered with so you get a proper perspective.

If you asked me how much a new car costs, I would need to know what model you want, what year the car is, and what options you would want before I could price the car out. It's similar with ductless HVAC systems. As you'll see, there are many variables, each impacting the price.

This article gives you a range to provide a reference point for you to use in your search for the right home comfort solution. We hope this helps!

Here in the Barrington, Hoffman Estates and Elgin areas, many people are choosing Mitsubishi Electric ductless systems for their home as the brand of choice and for good reason.

Homeowners can add the comfort you desire, right where you need it most with a reliable, efficient Mitsubishi Ductless system. These systems are also known as mini-split systems, and can act as air conditioning, heating, or both!

Single Zone and Multi-Zone Ductless HVAC


You can create multiple zones of heating and cooling, to give you perfect comfort in the areas of your home where you need it most and you can supplement an existing system or a problem area where you just can’t get enough heat or air conditioning. Mitsubishi ductless units 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. These systems are a perfect match for converting a sun room or enclosed porch to a year-round room or for finishing off the basement. These systems are also a perfect complement for those homes that have steam or hot water heat and want to add air conditioning.

If you’re like most of our customers throughout the Barrington, Hoffman Estates and Elgin areas, 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. We will be explaining the costs for you in this article along with the variables, so you can get a good idea of the total expense.

The cost of zoned systems depends on many factors. The system consists primarily of an outdoor unit, similar to a conventional Air Conditioning unit connected by refrigerant piping to one or more indoor units.

The indoor units come in a variety of styles and colors. There are units that can be flush-mounted into the ceiling of a room, or units that get mounted up high on a wall or some that sit low to the floor.

There are different styles for different situations. These indoor units can be networked together to create zones of heating and cooling that can each be controlled separately. This control allows you to not cool a bedroom that isn’t being used as an example. Why heat and cool the entire home if you don’t use the entire home. The cost saving can be extraordinary!


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, if you live in an older home in Barrington, Hoffman Estates, Barrington, East Dundee or Elgin, it’s possible your home was built without ductwork for central heat and air.

These older homes are gorgeous, but they are becoming more and more uncomfortable during the summer. Window AC units have been the quick fix for air conditioning in these homes, but they can be quite loud and expensive to run.

Mitsubishi Electric Ductless zoned heating and cooling solutions could even make rooms on the third floor perfectly comfortable, including on the hottest and most humid day of the summer, or the most bitter cold days of Winter.


How Does Ductless HVAC Compare to Window Air Conditioners?

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, but these are sophisticated, energy-efficient systems able to act as a primary heat source in the winter, so to compare them to window units it not apples to apples.

Among the advantages offered by Mitsubishi Electric’s ductless air conditioning and heating solutions, they can be ducted or ductless, or a hybrid of both.

This flexibility means that there’s a great solution for your home, whether it’s a split level in Hoffman Estates, a colonial in Barrington, a ranch home in Barrington, a Victorian in Elgin, a newer home in Crystal Lake or even a Townhome in Palatine, our experts here at Compass Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. have the experience and expertise to design the best, custom solution for your needs and budget.

The cost will vary depending on the number of zones you need to achieve the comfort your family wants. As a certified Elite Diamond Dealer for Mitsubishi Electric, Compass Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. has the experience and expertise to make sure you get the best and most efficient solution on the market installed by highly trained professionals. This isn’t a side business for us, this is our business and that difference shows in the quality of work we do and our customer reviews! Check out or Google reviews by following this link. Compass Heating and Air Conditioning Inc.’s commitment to customer satisfaction is the reason for our continued success and growth.

What factors go into the total cost of a Mitsubishi ductless HVAC installation?

The first step to understanding the cost of a new Mitsubishi Electric Ductless total comfort system for your home in the Barrington, Hoffman Estates and Elgin areas. You need to understand the individual elements that contribute to that cost as we have them listed below:

A. New Equipment. Each Mitsubishi Electric total comfort solution includes an outdoor unit, indoor unit(s), controls and parts including the refrigerant line-set, wiring and electrical accessories along with condensate drain and pump if needed. 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 $3,200 to $16,000. This is a wide price range but there are so many variables with the costs starting with what type of system and how difficult will the installation be? Your costs will vary and may be higher or lower than this estimate. Additionally, solutions that are just for air conditioning may be different than options that allow the units to provide both heating and air conditioning to the room.

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 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. As an example, single story homes would generally be easier to work on than a two-story home.

C. Possible Additional Costs

  1. 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. When one of our skilled technicians stops at your home he will be able to tell you if additional electric work will be required. When Compass Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. estimates a project for your home, there are no surprises!
  2. 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.
  3. 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 while others may be repurposing some of their existing ductwork, which adds a level of complexity – adding as much as 75 percent to the labor cost. One of the best things about Mitsubishi Electric total comfort systems, especially for older homes throughout our area, is that they can be installed without ductwork, saving you the time, money and inconvenience of retrofitting a home with ductwork.
  4. Controllers. There are many controller options to choose from with Mitsubishi Electric’s ductless systems. What you select will affect the cost. Wall-mounted units come standard with a handheld wireless controller. If you want a wired thermostat that allows remote control through a smartphone app, that can be an additional cost that is directly related to the cost and compatibility of the thermostat with your selected system. Many of our customers in Barrington, Hoffman Estates and Elgin have chosen a controller that gives them remote access. When they are returning home on the train from downtown they can turn the system to the desired temperature they want when they arrive home. Convenient, comfortable, quiet and easy to operate are the standards that make up a Mitsubishi ductless system.

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 with steep grade, or near the water. Some of these homes may require specialized designs and/or equipment, all of which impacts the cost of the system.

As you can see, there are a lot of variables that affect the estimated cost of a Mitsubishi Electric ductless total comfort system. While it is impossible to get a precise estimate of your costs without consulting a local contractor like us here at Compass Heating and Air Conditioning Inc., there is some third-party data available regarding the low end of the cost range. Angie’s List published an article in June 2015 that stated the average price for a ductless system was between $3,000 and $5,000 for a single zone.

Additional zones can be added. Often you can add multiple indoor units without requiring additional outdoor units, even different size and types of indoor units can be combined for a total home solution which helps keep total costs down. For full home systems with 8 or more zones, you may be looking at close to $20,000, or about the same price of a traditional, full home central heating and air conditioning system, but with additional efficiency benefits.

Your total investment for a system for your home is directly impacted by the choices you make with the experts at Compass Heating and Air Conditioning Inc.. The number of zones you want to condition is the biggest factor but not the only one. Whether to use ductless or ducted indoor units, whether you need cooling only or heating and cooling and if you want a standard or premium product along with what type of indoor units work best and so on. There are many variables which determine the overall cost of the project.

When we come out to your home to talk about a project with you, we help you decide which options are the best fits to accomplish your goals for your home. We explain all the options and weed out what doesn’t work. As a result, the answer to the question, “How much does a precise zoned heating and cooling system cost?” the answer remains a price range.

Depending on your home and your home’s needs, the best way to find out how much a system would cost you is to give us a call here at Compass Heating and Air Conditioning Inc.. As a licensed Mitsubishi Electric Elite Diamond Dealer, we can save you money by designing a system that works for your home by providing the comfort you need at a price that fits your budget.

To get a better idea of what a solution might look like for your home, give us a call. We’ve worked on homes throughout the Greater Chicago, IL area covering Barrington, Elgin, Palatine, Elmwood Park, Norridge and Harwood Heights and we’d be happy to show you some of our work. We’ve likely done an installation in your town, or on a home just like yours, and you can get a feel to what the solution looks like and what we helped the owners achieve. Whether you live in a colonial, ranch, cottage-style, split level, cape, Victorian, townhome, or even a condo, we’ve worked on a home like yours and can show you what might be possible.

Getting an Estimate for Your Home

Give us a call here at Compass Heating and Air Conditioning Inc.. 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. We’ll also talk to you about what to expect during the installation process leaving no stone unturned.

Sounds pretty good, right? Soon you’ll have your estimated cost, and after that – a future filled with personalized comfort and energy savings.

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