The Cost of Carrier Ductless Mini-Split Installation Near State College, PA

What does a Carrier ductless mini-split installation cost near State College, PA? Here in the State College, PA area, a single-zone ductless mini-split air conditioner, fully installed and completely ready to turn on starts around $4,500 and goes up from there depending on a number of factors.

The primary cost drivers of a ductless mini-split installation here in the State College, PA area are:

  • The size of your unit
  • The type of unit
  • How many zones (spaces or areas) do you want air-conditioned
  • How difficult is the installation – How far are the indoor and outdoor units from each other, the construction of the outer wall to be drilled to carry the line sets, etc.

Buyer Beware – Don Not Buy Your Mini-Split Online!

Yeah, I know you can find a Carrier single-zone ductless air conditioner from a number of online retailers at prices as low as $1600.00, and I guess if you a professional installer with experience in ductless mini-splits that is a viable option. But most homeowners – even a pretty darn handy one – is going to struggle to do a proper installation. More importantly, when your Carrier ductless mini-split system is installed by a Carrier Authorized Factory Dealer (C-FAD), your equipment is fully guaranteed and so is the installation.

I can’t tell you how many calls we get from unhappy homeowners who did a DIY ductless mini-split installation only to need their system reinstalled properly. Unfortunately, we still won’t be able to guarantee their equipment, even when we redo the installation.

The Cost of a Single-Zone Ductless Mini-Split Installation in Centre County, PA

As I mentioned earlier, here in the State College, PA area, a single-zone ductless mini-split air conditioner, fully installed and completely ready to turn on starts around $4,500 and goes up from there depending on a number of factors.

There are three primary components to a Carrier ductless mini-split air conditioner and heat pump.

For a single-zone mini-split, you will have one outdoor unit. Some people call it a condenser, some people call it a compressor.

Carrier Outdoor Unit State College PA

You will have one indoor unit, also known as an air handler or a cassette. Indoor units come in a few styles.

High Wall Ductless Mini-Split

Low Wall Ductless Mini-Split Indoor Unit

Ceiling Mount Ductless Mini-Split Air Handler

Finally, there are tubes and wires we call a line set that connect the indoor and outdoor components of your Carrier ductless mini-split system. Longer line set means higher cost of materials, including the line hide we use to beautify and protect your investment.

Cost of a Multi-Zone Ductless Mini-Split Installation in State College, PA

Multi-Zone Ductless Mini-Split Installation State College PA

The cost of a multi-zone ductless mini-split installation here in State College, PA can run anywhere from $8,000 for a two-zone to over $25,000 for a seven or eight zone system.

All the same factors apply to a multi-zone ductless mini-split installation as they do in a single-zone installation. The more material we use and the more man-hours we take, the cost goes up.

Why Would I Buy a Multi-Zone Ductless Mini-Split System?

Most homes have rooms that are too hot or too cold. Many homes have more than one room or zone that could use the pinpoint comfort of a ductless mini-split.

Often a two or three-zone ductless mini-split installation has the overall effect of reducing the strain on a home’s primary sources of heating and cooling. This invariably reduces the energy use of the overall system and extends the life of the primary system.

Other Ductless Mini-Split Cost Drivers

Electrical – we need enough electrical service available to install the system. If you don’t have it, we can fix that, but it’s a whole ‘nuther charge of anywhere from $800 to $1500 depending on your current situation.

Thermostat – Once you get accustomed to living with the flexibility of ductless mini-splits, you are going to want to take advantage of the total control you have over these systems so you can make the most of the energy they will save you.

While every system comes with a handheld remote, it is possible to integrate your new ductless mini-split system with your existing Carrier Infinity system.

You can also download an app to your phone and take remote control of your home comfort. This is a great feature for second homes and for warming up your favorite rooms before you arrive home.

Totally Ductless or a Partially Ducted Mini-Split Systems? Sometimes we can connect an air handler to your existing ductwork to extend the ability of your ductless system to an additional space. We’ll be able to tell you better when we see your situation, but just know the option is available – at a cost.

Anytime you introduce ductwork to an installation, it brings in more material and labor costs.

Ductless Mini-Split Considerations Near State College, PA

Here in Centre County, PA, we are known to get our fair share of snow. Ideally, that means your installer will put your outdoor unit on a stand of some kind to keep it above the snowline.

Not that you have to, but we always recommend clearing accumulated snow off your heat pump so air flows freely.

Remember, even as low as -13 below zero, your outdoor unit can pull heat out of the air and pump it back into your home. Thanks to tremendous advances in heat pump technology, these systems will operate at higher than average efficiency all year long.

A good quality stand for your outdoor unit will run you anywhere from $150 to $400 depending on the height of the stand and the weight of the outdoor units.

The Cost of a Ductless Mini-Split System Near State College, PA

I hope this has helped to clarify the cost of a ductless mini-split installation here in the State College, PA area. Ductless isn’t new, but it’s new to many people here in the area, so please check out our ductless learning center for all the latest information on Carrier Ductless Mini-Split systems.

About the Author

I am a residential comfort consultant here in the State College, PA area. My passion is helping families feel comfortable in their home while saving money on energy bills with state of the art heating and cooling technology that reduces your home's carbon footprint.

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