HVAC Investment: What Contributes to System Cost?

It’s no secret that HVAC equipment is an investment. We’ve all known that person who tried to “cut corners” with an inexpensive heating and cooling system only to replace it a few years after installing it. While taking an initial look at pricing, conventional systems may appear to be the cost-conscious choice compared to split-ductless equipment, but beyond first cost, there are other factors that contribute to overall system cost.

Operational Costs

The way a system runs is paramount to your return on investment. Whether you choose ducted or ductless indoor units, variable-capacity systems modulate energy to precisely meet your home’s comfort needs. This ensures you’re rarely running the system at maximum power, unlike traditional, centralized HVAC systems that run at full power and then stop, creating an inefficient cycle that will run up your monthly utility bills. In addition, variable-capacity systems require minimal (if any) ductwork. Moving heat through refrigerant lines is more energy efficient than using fans to force conditioned air through long duct runs.

Maintenance should also be factored in. With conventional systems, most of us are used to buying a new filter every few months, but what about the ductwork? Your ductwork needs to be cleaned by a professional, which adds to your system’s operational costs. With split-ductless systems like our Zoned Comfort Solutions®, our indoor units’ filters are washable and reusable; consumers can easily wash, dry and reinstall filters as needed for up to 10 years! And you don’t have to hire someone to clean your ductwork.

Equipment Lifecycle

Lifecycle is an important factor when deciding upon an HVAC system. You want to ensure you’re getting the longest use out of your investment. With proper maintenance and service, split-ductless systems can exceed the life of a traditional HVAC system. The same variable-capacity capabilities that eliminate wasteful stop/start cycles also improve longevity due to reduced wear and tear.

As part of the lifecycle, a solid warranty is helpful in you getting the most out of your HVAC system. With Mitsubishi Electric’s warranty the parts are warranted to the original owner for a period of one year and the compressor is warranted for a period of seven years from the date of installation if installed by a licensed contractor. If installation was conducted by one of our Diamond Contractors, limited parts and compressor warranties are 10 years.

Overall, choosing a cost-effective HVAC system for your home is your choice. That said, don’t forget about all the factors that contribute to your investment. Visit www.MitsubishiComfort.com to learn more.