Areas that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a current system can be pricey. And that additional square footage might just be too large for your home comfort equipment to take on, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great option for these rooms as it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically referred to as a mini-split heat pump as it transfers heating and cooling, as opposed to creating it. Because of this, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with the majority reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right model for your residence may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling professionals at HCE Systems can help. We’ll begin with a no-obligation consultation to go over your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might be able to take advantage of.
Here’s about how much you can expect to pay when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.
Average Mini-Split Installation Cost
One of the most often installed sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool approximately 450–550 square feet, or roughly the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the usual mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for usual home improvement projects.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will vary based on the type you go with and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other additional costs could entail:
- Installing a concrete pad for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This might be necessary if you have an older house.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Buying an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can qualify you for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for certain systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We recommend consulting with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Norton also usually offer rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to make sure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although getting a mini-split is typically pricier than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient method to heat and cool tricky parts of your home. These involve:
- Rooms you don’t use very frequently.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also advises installing mini-splits in houses with atypical challenges, like:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either because of high fuel expenses or low efficiency.
- Older residences that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.
In contrast with regular 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 have exact control over temps from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the right model to expertly installing it, our specialists at HCE Systems can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 276-302-0076 now to learn how a mini-split system can make your house cozier and to request your free estimate!