May 10

How Much Does Ductless Heating and Cooling System Cost in New Jersey?

Mitsubishi split-unit ductless systems are fantastic heating and cooling solutions for homeowners and businesses in Central New Jersey. Homeowners that have ductless solutions are extremely pleased with the efficiency, cost savings and quiet operation of these systems. Additionally, they love the high level comfort that they offer. From a cost perspective, the high SEER/HSPF ratings deliver superb energy efficiency thereby reducing your energy costs. This results in a quick payback and return on investment.

ductless installed in sunroom

How much should a homeowner expect to pay for a ductless AC system installed in New Jersey?

One factor that plays an important role with the installation costs is the familiarity and experience that your NJ HVAC contractor has with ductless technology. Ductless technology is not new however, not all HVAC contractors are well versed with installing and maintaining these systems.

Mini-split heat pump technology was introduced in the 1970s. Unfortunately, mini-split systems did not gain the same popularity as they did in Japan during their early years. Interestingly, in Japan, ductless accounts for 90% of all HVAC systems sold and in more than 80% in Europe.

In the United States, the growth of ductless technology was slower. This is largely due to contractor’s unfamiliarity, limited access to information and the absence of rebates, tax credits and discount incentives. However, high energy savings have caused major utility companies, government agencies and homeowners to take notice. Today, the financial incentives associated with ductless technology has made it one of the fastest growing segments in the HVAC industry in New Jersey.


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Not All Ductless Contractors Are Created Equal

It is important to realize that not all New Jersey HVAC contractors have experience with ductless technology. While the concept of mini-split heat pumps is simple installation, having the appropriate experience will ensure that your installation is a smooth process.

NJ homeowners should hire experienced, ductless, mini-split installers for their home. Be sure to ask your contractor how long they have been installing ductless heat pump heating and cooling systems. Be sure to ask how many ductless systems they have installed. Also ask if they have installed ductless units in homes similar to yours.

Mitsubishi offers additional benefits when a ductless system is installed by one of their trained, certified contractors. Skylands Energy Service is proud to be associated with Mitsubishi Electric Ductless systems, and proud to be recognized as one of Central NJ’s Mitsubishi Diamond Contractors.


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How Much Does a Mitsubishi Ductless System Cost?

There are several factors that go into the pricing of a ductless installation such as;

  • The type of unit (AC only, heat & air conditioning, hyperheat, etc)
  • The number of areas (or zones) being conditioned
  • The size of the unit(s) (BTU’s)
  • The capacity of your existing electrical panel
  • The degree of difficulty of the installation (How far the indoor and outdoor units are from each other, the construction of the outer wall to be drilled to carry the line sets, etc.)
  • Configuration of your system

There are endless possibilities when it pertains to ductless installations because of the flexibility of the installations. This results in pricing that varies across the spectrum. However, all NJ ductless installations consist of these basic parts:

mitusbishi indoor unit

ductless heat and cooling outdoor unit


ductless line sets



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Pricing For Single Zone Ductless Installations in NJ

Professional installations by Skylands Energy Service for a basic, single zone Mitsubishi mini-split system will cost between $3,500 and $5,000. This installation includes one wall unit, one condenser and a line set connecting the outdoor unit to the indoor unit. This installation is perfect for many kinds of situations such as conditioning the air in a sun room, a pool house, a single room, garage, attic, and some smaller homes.

Pricing For Multi-Zone New Jersey Ductless Installations

Homeowners that require multiple zones, the installation will consist of 2, 3, 4 or 5 units. This is completely dependent on the floor plan and layout of your home and what works best for your family’s lifestyle.

A multi-zone system consisting of two indoor evaporator units typically runs between $7,000 and $10,000. A more complex multi-zone system that has 4 zones will run anywhere from $14,000 to $17,000.

An attractive feature of ductless solutions is the ability to add-on indoor units in the future. If you anticipate having a need to expand, we can design a system that will accommodate future indoor zones from a single outdoor condenser. This allows you to add a zone(s) based upon your household budget.

At first glance, the cost of ductless heating and air conditioning can seem steep. However, the savings in energy efficiency will soon add up, making this a very attractive investment.


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Ductless Heating & Air Conditioning vs. Central Heating & Air Conditioner

Due to the fact that ductless systems do not require bulky and intrusive ductwork throughout the home, there is no loss of energy result from air flow. In traditional, ducted HVAC systems, the hot or cold air is generated in the basement or attic and then distributed throughout the home via a network of ducts. The average central forced air system experiences a 20% loss of the system’s energy consumption in ductwork. Conversely, ductless systems do not have ducts and therefore no energy loss in the ductwork.

Additionally, the long term maintenance costs of ductless systems is less expensive than a ducted HVAC system. Ductless systems also offer the flexibility to turn on or off a single zone based on usage helps to conserve the total amount of energy being consumed. Finally, when NJ homeowners consider very attractive rebate programs and payment plans, ductless heating and cooling solutions save money over the long run.

Do You Want a Ductless System Installed In Your NJ Home or Business?

If you are ready to get a ductless system installed, you will need an experienced and qualified installer, like Skylands Energy. If you are interested in learn more about ductless solutions for your home, call us at (908) 707-1776 to schedule a free, no obligation, in-home consultation with one of our Home Comfort Specialists or click the button below to schedule an appointment online. Download our Ductless product guide for more details on system specifications, etc.


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Here is an infographic that provides more great info about ductless, provided by the folks at Gemaire:

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