Areas that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system can be costly. And that added space could just be too large for your home comfort equipment to handle, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart option for these areas as it doesn’t need ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically called a mini-split heat pump as it transfers heating and cooling, as opposed to generating it. Because of that, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right model for your residence may appear like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at Bain Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We’ll get started with a no-obligation meeting to review your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.
Here’s about how much you can plan to pay 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 an estimated 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 costs for typical home improvement work.
Your total mini-split installation cost will vary based on the kind you choose and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other added costs might involve:
- Installing a concrete area for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This may be required if you have an older residence.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Buying an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can give you access to valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for qualified systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We advise consulting with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Heflin also often give 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 buying a mini-split is typically costlier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient method to heat and cool tricky parts of your residence. These include:
- Areas you don’t visit very frequently.
- Areas with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends having mini-splits in residences with atypical challenges, like:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either because of high fuel expenses or low efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork due to radiator or baseboard heat.
In contrast with more common 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 temperatures from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the ideal model to expertly installing it, our specialists at Bain Heating & Air Conditioning can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 256-270-1196 today to discover how a mini-split system can make your home more comfortable and to request your free estimate!