Areas that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a current system may be expensive. And that extra area could just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to handle, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart option for these spaces as it doesn’t need ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often known as a mini-split heat pump as it shifts heating and cooling, as opposed to creating it. As a result, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with many achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right model for your residence may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at Schraer Heating & Air Conditioning can offer assistance. We’ll get started with a no-obligation consultation to learn about your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.
Here’s about how much you can anticipate to spend when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.
Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most often used sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool approximately 450–550 square feet, or about the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the typical mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for common home improvement jobs.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will vary based on the kind you choose 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 might be necessary if you have an older house.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Installing an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can qualify you for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for certain systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We advise consulting with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Warrenton also often offer rebates for buying 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 getting a mini-split is usually pricier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient approach to heat and cool troublesome spots in your home. These include:
- Spaces you aren’t in very frequently.
- Areas with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also advises having mini-splits in houses with unique challenges, including:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either as a result of high fuel prices or low efficiency.
- Older residences that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.
In comparison to 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 get precise control over temps from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the ideal model to professionally installing it, our specialists at Schraer Heating & Air Conditioning can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 636-456-5041 right away to find out how a mini-split system can make your residence comfier and to get your free estimate!