Rooms that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system may be costly. And that additional area might 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 smart solution for these spaces since it doesn’t need ductwork. This all-in-one 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 shifts heating and cooling, instead of creating it. As a result, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right model for your residence may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling professionals at Schraer Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We’ll start with a no-obligation consultation to discuss your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.
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 frequently installed sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool an estimated 450–550 square feet, or roughly the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the average mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for usual home improvement work.
Your total mini-split installation cost will be different based on the model you select and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other extra costs could include:
- 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 necessary if you have an older home.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Installing an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can make you eligible for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for select systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We advise talking with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Warrenton also usually give rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to ensure you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although getting a mini-split is often costlier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient way to heat and cool troublesome parts of your residence. These involve:
- Rooms you aren’t in very often.
- Spaces with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests installing mini-splits in homes with special 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 residences that don’t have ductwork because of radiator or baseboard heat.
In contrast with traditional 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, due to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the ideal model to professionally installing it, our pros at Schraer Heating & Air Conditioning can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 636-456-5041 now to learn how a mini-split system can make your house comfier and to request your free estimate!