Spaces that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a current system can be costly. And that extra space could just be too big for your home comfort equipment to handle, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a wise idea for these rooms because it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often referred to as a mini-split heat pump as it shifts heating and cooling, as opposed to making it. Because of this, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right model for your house may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling experts at Stanford Heating & Cooling can help. We’ll start with a no-obligation appointment to go over your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.
Here’s about how much you can expect to spend when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.
Average Mini-Split Installation Cost
One of the most often 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 average mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for common home improvement projects.
Your total mini-split installation cost will differ based on the type you select and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other added costs could involve:
- 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 necessary if you have an older house.
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 eligible systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We suggest chatting with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Bloomfield also typically offer rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to make sure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although installing a mini-split is often costlier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient way to heat and cool troublesome areas in your residence. These include:
- Rooms you don’t use very often.
- Rooms with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests installing mini-splits in residences with special challenges, like:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either due to high fuel expenses or decreased efficiency.
- Older residences 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 enjoy exact control over temps from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the best model to knowledgeably installing it, our pros at Stanford Heating & Cooling can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 812-825-8695 today to learn how a mini-split system can make your residence comfier and to get your free estimate!