Areas that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a current system can be expensive. And that added square footage might just be too large for your home comfort equipment to handle, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart solution for these rooms since it doesn’t require ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically referred to as a mini-split heat pump as it moves heating and cooling, in place of making it. Because of this, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with most reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right model for your house may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling experts at Durable Service can offer assistance. We’ll get started with a no-obligation appointment 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 expect to pay when you’re buying 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 an estimated 450–550 square feet, or roughly 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 prices for common home improvement work.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will vary based on the type you select and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other extra costs may involve:
- Installing a concrete area for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This could be needed if you have an older home.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Installing 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 residence through December 31, 2021. We advise consulting with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Holdrege also typically offer rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to make sure you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although buying a mini-split is typically more expensive than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient method to heat and cool difficult parts of your residence. These include:
- Rooms you don’t use very often.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends installing mini-splits in residences with atypical challenges, such as:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either as a result of high fuel costs or low efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.
In comparison to regular 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 more accurage control over temperatures from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the best model to expertly installing it, our professionals at Durable Service can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 308-995-8177 right away to learn how a mini-split system can make your residence comfier and to request your free estimate!