Spaces that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a current system could be costly. And that extra space might just be too big for your home comfort equipment to handle, 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 combined heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically known as a mini-split heat pump since it transfers heating and cooling, rather than generating it. As a result, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with the majority reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right model for your home may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at County Line Mechanical LLC can help. We’ll get started with a no-obligation appointment to go over your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.
Here’s about how much you can plan to spend when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.
Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most frequently 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 common home improvement projects.
Your total mini-split installation cost will differ based on the kind you go with and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other extra costs might include:
- Installing a concrete pad for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This could be required if you have an older residence.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Getting an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can make you eligible for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for certain systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We advise talking with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Reinholds also often offer rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate 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 often more expensive than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient way to heat and cool tricky spots in your home. These involve:
- Spaces you don’t use very regularly.
- Spaces with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also advises using mini-splits in residences with unique challenges, including:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either as a result of high fuel expenses or decreased efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.
In contrast with 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 more accurage control over temps from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the right model to professionally installing it, our professionals at County Line Mechanical LLC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 717-216-0846 right away to discover how a mini-split system can make your house more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!