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How to Save On the Installation of a Ductless System

April 28, 2021

If you are considering installing a new ductless heating and cooling system, but are concerned about the cost, here are ideas to help you save on your installation.

How much do ductless heating and cooling systems cost?

The average cost of installing a ductless system with a single indoor heating/cooling zone ranges from $6,000 to $7,000. This cost includes:

  • Equipment
  • Parts
  • Expert installation services
  • Associated electrical work
  • Permits

This is not much different from installing baseboard heating systems, another zoned heating solution, throughout your home. However, the cost of installation is where the comparison between baseboard heating systems and ductless heating and cooling systems ends. Ductless heating provides extensive energy efficiencies and cost savings over time. 

How much can I save over time by going ductless?

This is an important question because often customers worry about the upfront ductless system installation costs without considering the savings over the life of the system. According to the Department of Energy, heat pump systems cut electricity use by 30-40% compared to electric resistance heating, such as with furnaces or baseboard heaters. In addition, because mini splits have no ducts, they avoid the energy losses associated with the ductwork of central forced air systems (which can account for more than 30% of energy consumption). Overall, you can save from 25%–50% or more in some cases on your monthly heating and air conditioning bills. So when you consider those savings, you can help pay off your investment rather quickly.

Are there any discounts or rebates available for my mini split installation cost?

Yes! Alpine Ductless offers 6 months same as cash financing to qualified buyers through our partners at Generations Credit Union. And, there are also many other rebates and discounts available including:

  • Local Utility Companies: Financing and rebate options are often available through local utility companies such as Tacoma Power’s maximum loan amount of $4,000.00 with 7 years, no interest for well-paying customers. It is well worth looking into your local rebates. Here’s a full list of current rebate options.
  • ‍Brand rebates: Some brands offer rebates to their customers. For example, Daikin has a rebate available for up to $1000 off select ductless systems until 5/15/21.
  • Puget Sound Energy rebates: Certain rebates are available through Puget Sound Energy, including $2400 from Manufacturers Home rebate and $400 to $600 from Midstream.

The key is to understand all of your options and look for opportunities to combine them to increase your savings. You can check our list here.

What are the long-term cost benefits of installing a ductless mini-split heating and cooling system?

Your ductless system helps you manage your energy usage. This is because, unlike a centralized system where you only have central control for every room in the house, your mini-split provides control for each individual room. As a result, you can turn off or lower heat/AC in rooms not in use, and focus on the rooms used most often. You aren’t heating or cooling empty rooms, so your energy bills are far lower.

Also, because each room can have its own unit, you can enjoy improved comfort and air quality. You won’t find you have to continually make adjustments because the temperature remains more constant. No more cold or hot spots, and no more thermostat wars. Everyone’s comfortable.

Our rebate specialist can help you find a rebate in your area. Call us at (360) 615-2229 to learn more about your options.


*Note: All rebates are while offers last.