Spaces that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system can be expensive. And that added space may 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 smart idea for these areas as it doesn’t require ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often called a mini-split heat pump since it shifts heating and cooling, rather than generating it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right model for your house may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling professionals at Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. can provide support. We’ll start with a no-obligation meeting to go over your needs before giving 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 plan to spend when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Average Mini-Split Installation Cost
One of the most often used sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool an estimated 450–550 square feet, or roughly the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the usual mini-split cost for this size is around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for typical home improvement projects.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will be different based on the kind you select and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other added costs might involve:
- Installing a concrete slab for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This might be needed 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 select systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We advise consulting with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Branchville also typically offer rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to ensure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although buying a mini-split is typically costlier than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient way to heat and cool tricky areas in your house. These can be:
- Spaces you don’t use very often.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends installing mini-splits in houses with special challenges, such as:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either due to high fuel costs or reduced efficiency.
- Older residences 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 exact control over temperatures from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the ideal model to knowledgeably installing it, our professionals at Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 862-345-6896 right away to discover how a mini-split system can make your house more comfortable and to request your free estimate!