Spaces that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a present system could be expensive. And that added space may just be too big for your home comfort equipment to handle, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great solution for these spaces since it doesn’t require ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often referred to as a mini-split heat pump as it shifts heating and cooling, rather than creating it. Because of this, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right model for your home may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling experts at US Air Heating and Cooling can help. We’ll get started with a no-obligation consultation to learn about your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might be able to take advantage of.
Here’s about how much you can plan to be responsible for when you’re getting 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 about 450–550 square feet, or around the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the average mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for usual home improvement jobs.
Your total mini-split installation cost will vary based on the model you select and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other extra costs could involve:
- 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 needed if you have an older home.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Buying 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 residence through December 31, 2021. We advise talking with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Rock Hill also often give rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to confirm you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although buying a mini-split is usually costlier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient method to heat and cool tricky areas in your house. These involve:
- Rooms you don’t use very regularly.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests installing mini-splits in homes with unique challenges, like:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either as a result of high fuel costs or decreased efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork due to radiator or baseboard heat.
When compared 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 get exact control over temps from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the ideal model to knowledgeably installing it, our specialists at US Air Heating and Cooling can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 803-220-0761 now to discover how a mini-split system can make your residence more comfortable and to get your free estimate!