If your home doesn’t have any ductwork installed, mini-split air conditioners may be the best way to go. It allows you to control temperatures in each zone of your home. Another benefit of this type is that it doesn’t use as much electricity and requires only one power supply connection.
Pricing for these air conditioners can vary depending on how many zones you need to condition. In other words, if you have a larger house, you’ll need to install a few different indoor units, which can be costly. Because of the varying costs, we estimate the total average for units and installation together to be anywhere from $1,500 to $8,000.
Geothermal heat pumps are HVAC systems that offer both heat and air conditioning throughout your home via ground-sourced temperatures. It uses water and antifreeze solution in tubing about 4 feet in the ground to capture heat and transfer it into the compressor of the unit. Then, the air is compressed, sent to evaporator coils, heated or cooled to desired temperatures, and blown through the home through centralized ducts and vents. It can also extract hot air from your house during cooling and send it back into the ground.
Geothermal heat pumps require extensive labor for installation, including digging trenches and laying piping. As such, this is one of the most expensive air conditioner options. Total price averages reach $13,000–$36,000. However, it’s one of the most efficient ways to condition the air in your house, using minimal electricity or gas. It could definitely pay off in the long run.
Dual fuel systems are similar to central air conditioners, utilizing the coils on your indoor furnace unit. The primary difference is that they include heat pump technology to help lower the cost of your energy bill.
Dual fuel systems are an ideal solution for those living in colder states. It offers a gas furnace to help heat your home during the winter when the temperature drops too low for the heat pump to run efficiently. However, it can also be beneficial for cooling your home by using air-source heat from the heat pump to condense and evaporate cool fluid in the air-distribution features of the furnace unit, blowing comfortable air throughout the house.
The costs of dual fuel heat pump systems can vary depending on the size needed for the home. The overall average for the installation and unit falls between $4,000 and 8,000. Like geothermal heat pumps, these systems can save you money on your energy bill over time.
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