Rooms that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from an existing system may be costly. And that added area may just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to handle, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart option for these rooms as it doesn’t need ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often called a mini-split heat pump because it shifts heating and cooling, as opposed to creating it. As a result, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right model for your residence may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling experts at HCE Systems can help. We’ll start with a no-obligation meeting to learn about your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.
Here’s about how much you can plan to pay when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most popular sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool approximately 450–550 square feet, or around the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the usual mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for typical home improvement projects.
Your total mini-split installation cost will differ based on the model you choose and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other added costs might entail:
- Installing a concrete area for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This could be necessary if you have an older home.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Buying an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can give you access to valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for eligible systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We recommend talking with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Norton also usually give rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to ensure you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although purchasing a mini-split is usually more expensive than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient method to heat and cool difficult parts of your residence. These can be:
- Areas you don’t use very often.
- Rooms with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also advises having mini-splits in residences with special challenges, including:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either because of high fuel prices or reduced efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork due to radiator or baseboard heat.
In comparison to traditional electric heating and cooling, ENERGY STAR says a mini-split can save you up to 30% on cooling and up to 60% on heating. You’ll also enjoy more accurage control over temperatures from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the right model to expertly installing it, our professionals at HCE Systems can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 276-302-0076 today to find out how a mini-split system can make your home cozier and to request your free estimate!