Spaces that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a current system may be expensive. And that added area 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 spaces as it doesn’t need ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically known as a mini-split heat pump as it moves heating and cooling, rather than generating it. Because of this, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right model for your home may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at Rescue Heating & Air can provide support. We’ll get started with a no-obligation meeting to go over your needs before offering 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 anticipate to spend when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Average 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 about the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the average mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for usual home improvement jobs.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will vary based on the model you choose and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other extra costs might include:
- Installing a concrete area 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 house.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Installing 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 house through December 31, 2021. We advise chatting with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Alice also typically give rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to confirm you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although purchasing a mini-split is usually more expensive than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient way to heat and cool difficult rooms in your residence. These involve:
- Rooms you aren’t in very often.
- Rooms with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends installing mini-splits in houses with unique challenges, like:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either because of high fuel costs or low efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork due to 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 have more accurage control over settings from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the best model to professionally installing it, our professionals at Rescue Heating & Air can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 361-265-4371 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your home cozier and to request your free estimate!