Areas without ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from an existing system may be expensive. And that extra space may just be too large for your home comfort equipment to manage, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart solution 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 frequently called a mini-split heat pump as it transfers heating and cooling, in place of creating it. Because of that, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the correct kind for your house may seem like a big task, but our heating and cooling professionals at Brookwood Inc can help. We’ll start with a zero-obligation consultation to hear about your needs before giving 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 plan to pay when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most often used sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool about 450–550 square feet, or roughly the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the typical mini-split cost for this size is around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for typical home improvement projects.
Your total mini-split installation cost will vary based on the type you go with and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other additional costs might 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 residence.
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 certain systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We suggest talking with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Newton also usually offer rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to confirm you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although purchasing a mini-split is typically costlier than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient way to heat and cool tricky spots in your house. These involve:
- Rooms you don’t use very frequently.
- Areas with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests installing mini-splits in houses with atypical challenges, such as:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either as a result of high fuel costs or low efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork because of radiator or baseboard heat.
In comparison 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 exact control over settings from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the ideal model to professionally installing it, our professionals at Brookwood Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 641-316-9803 now to discover how a mini-split system can make your home more comfortable and to get your free estimate!