Rooms that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a present system can be expensive. And that additional area may just be too large for your home comfort equipment to handle, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great solution for these rooms because 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 typically referred to as a mini-split heat pump since it moves heating and cooling, rather than generating it. As a result, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right model for your home may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling professionals at Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. can offer assistance. We’ll begin with a no-obligation consultation to review your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.
Here’s about how much you can expect to be responsible for when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.
Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most often used 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 typical mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for common home improvement jobs.
Your total mini-split installation cost will be different based on the kind you choose and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other extra costs could include:
- Installing a concrete slab for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This could be needed if you have an older house.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Getting an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can qualify you for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for eligible systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We suggest consulting with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Branchville also usually have rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to ensure you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although purchasing a mini-split is often pricier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient method to heat and cool tricky areas in your residence. These can be:
- Areas you aren’t in very often.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests using mini-splits in homes with unique challenges, like:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either because of high fuel expenses or reduced efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork due to radiator or baseboard heat.
In comparison to more common 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 get exact control over settings from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the ideal model to professionally installing it, our professionals at Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 862-345-6896 right away to learn how a mini-split system can make your house more comfortable and to get your free estimate!