How Much Does a Ductless Mini Split Heat Pump Cost in Nova Scotia?

If you’ve been wondering how much a ductless mini-split heat pump will cost in Nova Scotia then this video and article will answer your question. All prices discussed in this article do not include HST but do include equipment, labor and electrical hookup of the machine.

What Brands

Of course, there are numerous brands on the market ranging from extremely cheap to extremely expensive. At Sunshine, we ignore all of the lowest priced equipment. Why? Because in our experience this equipment not only doesn’t stand up to our winters but they also do not produce the savings you expect from a heat pump in our winters.

There are four brands we’ll be talking about: York, Fujitsu, LG, and Mitsubishi.

A quick definition about a term we’re going to use: Single Zone VS Dual Zone

A single zone heat pump refers to having one outdoor unit and one indoor unit. It is heating only a single zone/area of your home.

A dual zone heat pump (can also be tri and quad-zone systems) connects two or more indoor units with one outdoor unit.

Dual zones, also known as multi zones, are designed to spread the capacity of an outdoor unit throughout different floors or rooms in your home. They can be useful when you have two distinct levels, such as a split entry, or want to get air conditioning in a master bedroom or other area of the home.

RELATED READING: Is One Heat Pump Enough for my House?

How Much Does a Ductless Heat Pump Cost?

The reason for the range in pricing below is for two reasons. The first is there are different models and sizes in each brand. So a 12,000 BTU is less expensive than a 15,000 or 18,000 BTU sized machine in the same brand.

The second reason for the price range is while most installs fit into what we consider a “standard” install, sometimes there are difficulties we encounter which increases the cost of installation by $150 to $300 or so. These difficulties can be items such as having to run the electrical line through the attic or having to mount the outdoor heat pump a long distance away from the indoor unit(s) location.

Price range for 12,000 BTU Single Zone Heat Pump Systems (as of Aug 30th, 2016)

York Affinity: $2,700 (Great machine for Air Conditioning)
Fujitsu RLS3: $3,995 (See Fujitsu Review Video and Article)
LG HSV4:  $3,295 (See LG Review Video and Article)
Mitsubishi FE: $4,295

All prices above are installed (standard install), including electrical and refrigeration. Prices are + HST.

As mentioned previously, dual zone heat pump systems combine one outdoor unit with two indoor units. These are great systems for covering off two floors of a home or for covering the main living area and possibly a master bedroom or rec room.

The following dual zone system pricing would be for 18,000 and 24,000 BTU sized outdoor units.

Fujitsu: $6,00 to $8,000
LG: $5,500 to $7,000

Most of these systems, so long as they are Energy Star Rated, can be financed using Nova Scotia Power’s on-bill lease to own program. This program gives you access to competitive financing rates and a convenient way to purchase your equipment and pay it off right on your monthly or bi-monthly power bill.

RELATED READING: Nova Scotia Power’s On-Bill Financing Program Details

Rebates Available

For homes that have electric baseboard heating, you can also receive a $350 rebate from Efficiency Nova Scotia when you purchase a ductless heat pump that meets their minimum requirements. Additional rebates are available if you purchase more than one machine or a dual zone heat pump system.

RELATED READING: Efficiency Nova Scotia Green Heat Rebate Program Details

Determining the Right Brand, Size, and Model for you

There are 8 different criteria we consider during an in-home consultation with you. We use these 8 criteria to determine the best brand, size, and model for your home and your goals for purchasing a heat pump (comfort, AC, heating, savings etc.).

8 Criteria we evaluate during in-home consultations are:

  • Square footage of your home and layout
  • Estimating the quality of insulation in the home based on age and current energy bills
  • Inspecting windows to determine how well they hold heat inside the home
  • Inspecting your current electrical service to confirm it can handle the electrical load of a heat pump
  • Reviewing indoor and outdoor space for installation
  • Discussing with you about where you spend most of your time in the home
  • Discussing what indoor temperature you generally set your thermostats to
  • Reviewing your past energy bills (if available)
  • and more…

To get an exact quote on what it will cost to install a ductless single or multi-zone heat pump in your home why not book a 30 minute in-home consultation with one of our home energy specialists. Each one of our representatives has gone through extensive training to be able to guide you on your heat pump journey.

Our goal is not to sell every home owner we speak with a heat pump, but rather to help you determine:

a.) Is a heat pump a good idea for my home?

b.) If yes, which equipment will produce the most comfort and quickest payback for me?

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