Spaces that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from an existing system can be expensive. And that additional square footage may just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to handle, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great solution for these spaces as it doesn’t require 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 transfers heating and cooling, instead of creating it. As a result, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right model for your house may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. can provide support. We’ll get started with a no-obligation appointment to hear about 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 getting a ductless mini-split.
Average Mini-Split Installation Cost
One of the most often used sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool about 450–550 square feet, or roughly the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the typical mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for usual home improvement jobs.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will differ based on the model you go with and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other extra costs might entail:
- Installing a concrete pad 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 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 advise talking with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in West Jefferson also typically offer rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to make sure 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 more common heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient approach to heat and cool difficult parts of your house. These involve:
- Rooms you don’t visit very regularly.
- Spaces with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests installing mini-splits in residences with unique challenges, including:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either because of high fuel costs or decreased efficiency.
- Older residences that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.
When compared 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 enjoy precise control over settings 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 choose the best model to knowledgeably installing it, our specialists at West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 614-879-9091 right away to discover how a mini-split system can make your home cozier and to get your free estimate!