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By Tom Moor
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Posted 8/17/23

Mobile homes have unique HVAC system requirements due to their size and layout. Homeowners need to choose a system that caters to their space constraints, comfort preferences, and budget. To assist in making the right choice, we developed this comprehensive guide to help homeowners select the best heating and cooling system for mobile homes to ensure year-round comfort.

Best Types of HVAC Systems for Mobile Homes

Ductless Mini-Splits

Ductless mini-splits are perfect for most mobile homes, especially in the absence of ductwork or the presence of old, damaged, or inefficient ducts. Mini-splits use an outside condenser unit and one or more indoor air handling units installed on ceilings or walls to distribute conditioned air. The indoor units take up very little space which is ideal for mobile homes due to their size. Depending on your mobile home's size, you can install just one mini-split or two three to create temperature zones.

A single-zone ductless mini-split costs between $1,500 and $4,500 on average. Additional mini-splits add about $500 to $1,500 to the cost.

Heat Pumps

Air-source heat pumps are similar to ductless mini-splits, but they do require ductwork to distribute conditioned air across spaces. Heat pumps are popular HVAC systems for mobile homes because they offer both heating and cooling and are extremely energy efficient.

On average, a heat pump costs between $2,500 and $10,000, including installation.

However, significant rebates and tax credits are available for air-source heat pumps. Through the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, homeowners are eligible for tax credits of 30% of the purchase and installation of a qualified heat pump, up to a maximum amount of $2,000. Steep rebates are also available through the High-Efficiency Electric Home Rebate Act (HEEHRA). Depending on their home's median income, homeowners may be eligible for heat pump rebates of 50% or 100% off the purchase and installation cost of a heat pump, up to $8,000.

Packaged HVAC Systems

Packaged HVAC units are self-contained systems that house all of the heating and cooling components – including the condenser, compressor, evaporator, and electric or gas heating element – in a single unit installed outside the mobile home. Packaged heating and cooling systems are efficient, reliable, and require limited space indoors, making them an ideal choice for mobile homes.

Packaged units are available in various configurations, including gas/electric, electric/electric, and heat pump, allowing you to choose based on your energy source, availability and climate conditions, said Ben Green, owner of Green Leaf Air in Richardson, TX.

According to, the cost of a basic packaged HVAC system is between $2,500 and $5,000.

Window ACs, Portable ACs, and Electric Heaters

If your mobile home is small and you live in a relatively mild climate year-round, a window or portable AC may provide enough cooling to keep your space comfortable. You can consider pairing your cooling unit with an electric heater such as an electric baseboard heater, electric wall heater, or an electric radiant heater.

“Ultimately, the choice of an HVAC system for a mobile home should be based on the specific characteristics of the mobile home, climate considerations, energy-efficiency goals, and budget constraints, said Dave Roebel, owner of Northeast Mechanical Services in Fort Wayne, IN. ”Consulting with HVAC professionals who specialize in mobile home systems can help you make an informed decision."

Factors that Determine the Type of HVAC System for Your Mobile Home

Before shopping for an HVAC system for your mobile home, consider the following factors: