Spaces that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system could be expensive. And that added area 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 smart option for these spaces since it doesn’t require ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically referred to as a mini-split heat pump since it shifts heating and cooling, rather than generating it. As a result, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right model for your home may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Pliescott HVAC Services LLC can help. We’ll start with a no-obligation consultation to hear about your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.
Here’s about how much you can anticipate to be responsible for when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.
Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most often installed 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 about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for common home improvement work.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will vary based on the type you go with and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other added costs might entail:
- 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 required if you have an older home.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Getting 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 home through December 31, 2021. We advise talking 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 getting a mini-split is often costlier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient approach to heat and cool difficult parts of your residence. These involve:
- Areas you aren’t in very often.
- Rooms with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also advises installing mini-splits in homes with special challenges, like:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either as a result of high fuel expenses or low efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork due to 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 enjoy precise control over temperatures 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 pick the right model to knowledgeably installing it, our specialists at Pliescott HVAC Services LLC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 410-228-4822 today to discover how a mini-split system can make your residence comfier and to receive your free estimate!