Rooms that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from an existing system can be pricey. And that extra space may just be too big for your home comfort equipment to take on, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a wise option for these rooms as it doesn’t require ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently known as a mini-split heat pump because it shifts heating and cooling, as opposed to creating it. Because of that, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right model for your home may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Childress Heating & AC can provide support. We’ll begin with a no-obligation appointment to go over your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also review 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.
Average 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 about the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the typical mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for common home improvement work.
Your total mini-split installation cost will vary based on the type you select and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other added costs could entail:
- Installing a concrete area for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This might 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 qualify you for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for eligible systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We suggest chatting with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Fredericksburg also usually give rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to confirm you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although purchasing a mini-split is often pricier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient way to heat and cool difficult parts of your house. These can be:
- Areas you don’t visit very often.
- Spaces with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also advises having mini-splits in residences with atypical challenges, like:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either as a result of high fuel costs or reduced efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork because of 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 have precise control over settings from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the right model to knowledgeably installing it, our professionals at Childress Heating & AC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 540-675-4306 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your home comfier and to get your free estimate!