Rooms without ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system can be expensive. And that added area could just be too big for your home comfort equipment to manage, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart solution for these areas since it doesn’t require ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently referred to as a mini-split heat pump since it transfers heating and cooling, instead of making it. As a result, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the appropriate kind for your house could appear like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling professionals at Central Heating & Plumbing can help. We’ll start with a zero-pressure consultation to learn about your needs before providing you with 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 expect to pay when you’re buying 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 average mini-split cost for this size is around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for typical home improvement jobs.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will be different based on the type you choose and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other additional costs may entail:
- 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 needed if you have an older house.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Getting an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can make you eligible for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for eligible systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We advise consulting with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in New Castle also typically offer rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to make sure you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although buying a mini-split is typically more expensive than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient method to heat and cool troublesome parts of your home. These can be:
- Rooms you don’t visit very often.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests having mini-splits in houses with unique challenges, such as:
- Pricey 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.
When compared 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 precise control over temperatures from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the best model to professionally installing it, our specialists at Central Heating & Plumbing can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 724-401-1843 now to discover how a mini-split system can make your home more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!