Areas without ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system can be costly. And that additional space may just be too big for your home comfort equipment to manage, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a wise idea for these areas as 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 often referred to as a mini-split heat pump as it shifts heating and cooling, instead of making it. Because of this, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with many achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the appropriate model for your residence might appear like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling specialists at Pepper AC & Htg Inc can offer assistance. We’ll begin with a no-pressure appointment to go over your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.
Here’s about how much you can plan to spend when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.
Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most popular sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool an estimated 450–550 square feet, or around 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 differ based on the type you choose and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other added costs might entail:
- Installing a concrete area for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This might be needed if you have an older residence.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Installing an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can qualify you for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for qualified systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We advise chatting with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Justin also usually have rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to confirm you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although purchasing a mini-split is typically more expensive than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient way to heat and cool difficult areas in your home. These involve:
- Areas you aren’t in very often.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends using mini-splits in houses with special challenges, like:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either because of high fuel costs or decreased efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork because of radiator or baseboard heat.
In contrast with 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 more accurage control over temps from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the right model to knowledgeably installing it, our pros at Pepper AC & Htg Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 940-202-1184 right away to learn how a mini-split system can make your house comfier and to receive your free estimate!