Areas that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system can be expensive. And that extra space could just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to take on, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great option for these areas because 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 known as a mini-split heat pump as it moves heating and cooling, as opposed to creating it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with many achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right model for your residence may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling experts at Appalachian Heating can offer assistance. We’ll start with a no-obligation appointment to discuss 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 expect to be responsible for 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 approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for common home improvement jobs.
Your total mini-split installation cost will be different based on the type you select and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other additional costs may include:
- Installing a concrete area for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This could 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 qualify you for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for eligible systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We advise chatting with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Mount Hope also usually offer rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to make sure you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although purchasing a mini-split is usually costlier than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient method to heat and cool tricky areas in your residence. These can be:
- Spaces you aren’t in very frequently.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also advises using mini-splits in houses with special challenges, including:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either due to high fuel costs or decreased 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 more accurage control over settings from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the best model to expertly installing it, our professionals at Appalachian Heating can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 304-707-0600 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your home cozier and to request your free estimate!