Areas that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a current system may be pricey. And that added space may just be too large 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 spaces as it doesn’t need ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently called a mini-split heat pump since it moves heating and cooling, in place of generating it. Because of that, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the appropriate model for your residence might seem like a big task, but our heating and cooling pros at Pliescott HVAC Services LLC can offer assistance. We’ll begin with a zero-obligation appointment to learn about your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss 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.
Average Mini-Split Installation Cost
One of the most often installed 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 vary based on the kind you choose and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other additional costs could entail:
- Installing a concrete slab for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This may be needed if you have an older home.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Getting an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can give you access to valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for qualified systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We suggest chatting with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Cambridge also often offer rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate 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 more expensive than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient way to heat and cool difficult spots in your home. These can be:
- Spaces you don’t visit very often.
- Spaces with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends using mini-splits in residences with atypical challenges, like:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either as a result of high fuel expenses or decreased efficiency.
- Older houses 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 have 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 choose the ideal model to professionally installing it, our specialists at Pliescott HVAC Services LLC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 410-228-4822 now to learn how a mini-split system can make your residence cozier and to request your free estimate!