Areas that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a current system may be pricey. And that extra area may just be too large for your home comfort equipment to manage, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart solution for these rooms because it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently known as a mini-split heat pump since it transfers heating and cooling, rather than creating it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right type for your residence could feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at B & G HVAC can offer assistance. We’ll begin with a no-obligation appointment to discuss your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also go over 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 installing a ductless mini-split.
Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most frequently installed sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool an estimated 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 expenses for common home improvement projects.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will differ based on the kind you choose and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other added costs could entail:
- Installing a concrete area 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?
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 house through December 31, 2021. We suggest talking with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Marshalltown also typically have rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to ensure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although getting a mini-split is usually costlier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient approach to heat and cool tricky areas in your residence. These include:
- Rooms you aren’t in very regularly.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests using mini-splits in residences with special challenges, such as:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either because of high fuel expenses or low efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.
In contrast with 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 get precise control over temps from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the ideal model to knowledgeably installing it, our specialists at B & G HVAC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 641-316-3360 right away to discover how a mini-split system can make your home comfier and to get your free estimate!