Spaces that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a present system could be pricey. And that extra space could just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to manage, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart idea for these spaces because it doesn’t require ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often referred to as a mini-split heat pump because it shifts heating and cooling, as opposed to creating it. Because of that, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with many reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right model for your house may appear like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at H&C Heating and Cooling can help. We’ll begin with a no-obligation consultation to hear about your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.
Here’s about how much you can expect to be responsible for when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.
Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most often installed sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool about 450–550 square feet, or about the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the usual mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for usual home improvement work.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will differ based on the kind you choose and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other added costs may include:
- Installing a concrete pad for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This may be necessary if you have an older residence.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Buying an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can make you eligible for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for select systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We advise talking with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Laurel also typically offer rebates for buying 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 getting a mini-split is often costlier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient way to heat and cool troublesome rooms in your residence. These involve:
- Rooms you aren’t in very regularly.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends installing mini-splits in houses with atypical challenges, such as:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either due to high fuel expenses or reduced efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork because of radiator or baseboard heat.
In contrast with 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 enjoy more accurage control over temps from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the right model to knowledgeably installing it, our pros at H&C Heating and Cooling can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 301-960-3247 now to discover how a mini-split system can make your house comfier and to get your free estimate!