Rooms that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system may be pricey. And that added area might just be too large for your home comfort equipment to take on, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a wise idea for these rooms because it doesn’t require ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently called a mini-split heat pump because it shifts heating and cooling, in place of making it. As a result, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right model for your house may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling experts at Fairfield Heating & Cooling can help. We’ll begin with a no-obligation appointment to discuss your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible 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 popular sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool an estimated 450–550 square feet, or around 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 expenses for usual home improvement work.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will differ based on the type you go with and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other extra costs could entail:
- Installing a concrete pad for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This might be necessary if you have an older house.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Getting an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can make you eligible for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for select systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We suggest chatting with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Lancaster also often offer rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to ensure you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although buying a mini-split is often pricier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient approach to heat and cool difficult areas in your house. These can be:
- Spaces you don’t visit very regularly.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends installing mini-splits in homes with special challenges, like:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either because of high fuel costs or reduced 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 enjoy more accurage control over temperatures from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the right model to knowledgeably installing it, our specialists at Fairfield Heating & Cooling can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 740-331-4331 right away to find out how a mini-split system can make your house comfier and to request your free estimate!