The price of a ductless heat-pump/mini-split system is generally per unit, so the cost of an installation for a larger home will be more than someone simply looking to service one room.
Prices for ductless heat pump and air conditioner units in Ontario and most of Canada typically start at $1000 and may go as high as $4000 per unit, depending on manufacturer, output rating, installation costs, and where you live (cost in urban areas tend to be cheaper than in rural areas).
A ductless mini-split system or heat pump is a great heating and cooling option for your home or business/commercial property if it doesn’t have ductwork.
These heat pumps are also great if you are trying to add a room to your home in a way where extending the ductwork can’t be done or is simply difficult and too costly.
Some of the major brands and manufacturers of ductless mini split systems sold in Canada include Lennox, Fujitsu, Mistubishi, LG, Toshiba, Carrier, and Daikin. Costs between them may vary, however the best way to get an accurate price is to request a free quote using the form on this page.
When Is a Ductless Mini-Split System Ideal?
Heat pump mini-split systems are popular in older homes or buildings that were previously heated with a boiler or electric baseboards, as well as warmer climates where ductwork is uncommon. This type of HVAC system is also a popular option for:
- New additions to homes
- In-law suites
- Smaller homes, and mobile homes
Most heat pumps run on electricity, and are comprised of an outdoor unit which connects via tubing through a small hole in the wall to one or several indoor units. Some units only provide cooling or heating, while some do both.
Depending on how many areas of your home or commercial property you’re looking to heat and cool, you may need more than one “head” (the indoor units) attached to each outdoor unit, which will also affect the total cost.
Advantages & Disadvantages of Mini Split/Ductless Heat Pumps
There are several advantages to getting this type of heat pump system, one of which is the fact that these pumps are relatively small and easier to install. This may make the total cost lower than say buying a new furnace, however if you need to purchase multiple units & heads, and require a unit that does both heating AND cooling, the cost can easily approach $6000 – $8000, including installation and all associated costs.
Of course this may still be cheaper than having ductwork installed throughout your home.
One disadvantage is that these systems are generally not built to handle extreme cold so they may not heat your home correctly below -25 Celsius.
Most of the models that are available today can have as many as four heads, which gives complete individual control in multiple rooms. Every zone can have its own thermostat/settings and handheld remote control so you can selectively control the temperature in each room or area.
This can help save money on energy costs if you spend most of your time in certain rooms. Whereas traditional furnaces and central air conditioners will heat and cool the entire home at once.
In addition to these features a mini-split system can even be safer for your home compared to window ACs. There is only a small hole in the wall needed for these systems to be installed, which is far different from the through-the-wall or window-mounted air conditions that can provide access to intruders.
Again, the final price largely depends on the make and model of the system, the efficiency rating and BTU output, whether it’s a dual heating/cooling unit, and of course how many units you need.
For a free quote from contractors and distributors in your area, simply fill out the quote request form at the top of the page. You’ll often hear from local companies in a matter of minutes!
Financing options are also available in many parts of the country.