Spaces that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from an existing system may be pricey. And that additional space might just be too big for your home comfort equipment to take on, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great idea for these spaces because it doesn’t require ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically referred to as a mini-split heat pump since it transfers heating and cooling, as opposed to making it. Because of that, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right model for your home may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling experts at Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We’ll begin with a no-obligation meeting to hear 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 anticipate to be responsible for when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.
Average 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 common home improvement work.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will differ based on the model you choose and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other additional costs may include:
- Installing a concrete slab for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This might be required if you have an older residence.
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 residence through December 31, 2021. We advise consulting with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Thedford also often give rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to ensure you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although purchasing a mini-split is usually pricier than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient approach to heat and cool tricky parts of your home. These include:
- Rooms you don’t use very regularly.
- Rooms with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends installing mini-splits in houses with special challenges, such as:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either because of high fuel costs or reduced efficiency.
- Older residences that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.
When compared to 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 have more accurage control over temperatures from room to room, as a result of 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 pros at Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 519-296-4437 today to find out how a mini-split system can make your residence comfier and to get your free estimate!