Rooms that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a current system can be pricey. And that extra square footage may just be too large for your home comfort equipment to take on, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great idea for these rooms as it doesn’t need ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically called a mini-split heat pump since it moves heating and cooling, instead of generating it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right model for your residence may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at Alpine Summit Heating & Cooling can offer assistance. We’ll get started with a no-obligation meeting to hear about your needs before giving 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 plan to pay when you’re installing 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 approximately 450–550 square feet, or about the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the average mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for typical home improvement jobs.
Your total mini-split installation cost will differ based on the type you go with and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other extra 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 home.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Buying an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can give you access to valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for eligible systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We suggest consulting with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Athol also usually offer rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to ensure you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although getting a mini-split is often pricier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient method to heat and cool troublesome spots in your home. These involve:
- Areas you don’t visit very frequently.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests installing mini-splits in houses with unique challenges, including:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either due to high fuel costs or low 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 exact control over temps 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 select the best model to knowledgeably installing it, our professionals at Alpine Summit Heating & Cooling can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 208-561-1226 today to learn how a mini-split system can make your house comfier and to receive your free estimate!