Rooms that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a present system can be expensive. And that additional area could just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to handle, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart solution for these spaces since 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 called a mini-split heat pump because it moves heating and cooling, as opposed to creating it. As a result, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right model for your residence may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Rescue Heating & Air can offer assistance. We’ll start with a no-obligation meeting to learn about your needs before offering you 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 expect to be responsible for when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Average Mini-Split Installation Cost
One of the most frequently installed sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool about 450–550 square feet, or around the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the average mini-split cost for this size is around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for typical home improvement projects.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will vary based on the type you select and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other added costs may involve:
- Installing a concrete area for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This might 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 give you access to valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for eligible systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We advise talking with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Alice also often have rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to make sure you receive 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 typical heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient approach to heat and cool troublesome parts of your home. These involve:
- Rooms you don’t visit very frequently.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also advises having mini-splits in homes with unique challenges, like:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either due to high fuel prices or decreased efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork because of radiator or baseboard heat.
In contrast with regular 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 temperatures from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the right model to professionally installing it, our pros at Rescue Heating & Air can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 361-265-4371 right away to learn how a mini-split system can make your residence cozier and to receive your free estimate!