Rooms that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system can be expensive. And that additional space could just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to handle, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart idea for these areas since it doesn’t require 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 generating it. Because of this, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right model for your home may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. can help. We’ll start with a no-obligation meeting to review 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 anticipate to pay when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.
Average 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 usual mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for typical home improvement work.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will be different based on the kind you choose and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other additional costs may include:
- 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 required if you have an older house.
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 select systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We recommend talking with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Shamokin and Sunbury also often give rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to make sure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although getting a mini-split is typically more expensive than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient method to heat and cool difficult parts of your home. These can be:
- Spaces you don’t use very regularly.
- Areas with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends installing mini-splits in homes with atypical challenges, like:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either due to high fuel costs or reduced efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.
When compared 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 enjoy exact control over temps from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the best model to expertly installing it, our pros at LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 570-648-0748 today to learn how a mini-split system can make your house cozier and to receive your free estimate!