Areas that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system can be pricey. And that additional area might just be too large for your home comfort equipment to handle, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great solution for these rooms because it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often known as a mini-split heat pump since it transfers heating and cooling, in place of creating it. As a result, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with many reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right model for your home may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc can help. We’ll begin 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 spend when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.
Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most frequently installed sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool about 450–550 square feet, or roughly the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the average mini-split cost for this size is around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for usual home improvement work.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will vary based on the kind you go with and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other additional costs could include:
- 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 required if you have an older house.
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 eligible systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We recommend consulting with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Huntsville also often have rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate 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 typical heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient approach to heat and cool troublesome areas in your residence. These involve:
- Spaces you don’t use very regularly.
- Areas with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends installing mini-splits in residences with unique challenges, including:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either due to high fuel expenses or reduced efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork due to 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 get precise control over settings from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the best model to professionally installing it, our specialists at All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 256-801-4701 right away to learn how a mini-split system can make your residence more comfortable and to request your free estimate!