Areas that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a current system can be expensive. And that added space might just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to take on, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart solution for these rooms because 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 called a mini-split heat pump because it transfers heating and cooling, as opposed to creating it. As a result, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right model for your home may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at McFadden Heating & Cooling can offer assistance. We’ll start with a no-obligation meeting to review your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might be able to take advantage of.
Here’s about how much you can expect to pay when you’re buying 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 about 450–550 square feet, or around 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 prices for typical home improvement work.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will vary based on the type you choose and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other added 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 might be required if you have an older home.
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 recommend talking with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Dresden also typically have rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to make sure you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although purchasing a mini-split is usually costlier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient way to heat and cool difficult areas in your residence. These can be:
- Areas you don’t visit very regularly.
- Spaces with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests having mini-splits in residences with atypical challenges, including:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either as a result of high fuel costs or reduced efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.
In comparison to 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 exact control over temps from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the ideal model to expertly installing it, our specialists at McFadden Heating & Cooling can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 1-866-781-0111 now to learn how a mini-split system can make your residence comfier and to get your free estimate!