Spaces that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system may be pricey. And that additional square footage might just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to handle, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a wise option for these spaces since 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 often known as a mini-split heat pump since it moves heating and cooling, rather than creating it. Because of that, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with the majority reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right model for your house may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling professionals at Bain Heating & Air Conditioning can provide support. We’ll start with a no-obligation consultation to learn about your needs before providing you with 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 plan to be responsible for when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.
Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most often installed sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool an estimated 450–550 square feet, or about the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the average mini-split cost for this size is around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for usual home improvement projects.
Your total mini-split installation cost will be different based on the type you go with and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other added 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 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 give you access to valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for certain systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We recommend consulting with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Heflin also often offer rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to ensure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although getting a mini-split is typically pricier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient approach to heat and cool troublesome rooms in your home. These can be:
- Spaces you don’t visit very frequently.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends using mini-splits in residences with atypical challenges, like:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either because of high fuel prices or decreased efficiency.
- Older homes 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 enjoy exact control over temps from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the ideal model to expertly installing it, our professionals at Bain Heating & Air Conditioning can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 256-270-1196 right away to learn how a mini-split system can make your home more comfortable and to get your free estimate!