Areas that lack ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a present system could be expensive. And that added space might 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 option for these areas because it doesn’t need ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often referred to as a mini-split heat pump as it transfers heating and cooling, as opposed to generating it. Because of that, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right kind for your home can appear like a big task, but our heating and cooling specialists at County Line Mechanical LLC can help. We’ll begin with a no-pressure meeting to go over your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might be able to take advantage of.
Here’s about how much you can anticipate to pay when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.
Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most often installed sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool an estimated 450–550 square feet, or around the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the typical mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for common home improvement jobs.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will differ based on the kind you choose and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other extra costs could entail:
- 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 necessary if you have an older house.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Getting an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can give you access to valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for qualified systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We suggest talking with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Reinholds also typically give rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to confirm you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although buying a mini-split is usually pricier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient approach to heat and cool difficult spots in your residence. These can be:
- Rooms you aren’t in very frequently.
- Areas with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests having mini-splits in homes with atypical challenges, such as:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either because of high fuel prices or low efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork due to radiator or baseboard heat.
When compared 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 get exact control over settings from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the right model to knowledgeably installing it, our specialists at County Line Mechanical LLC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 717-216-0846 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your house more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!