Rooms that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a current system may be pricey. And that additional space could just be too big for your home comfort equipment to take on, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great option for these areas because it doesn’t require ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two pieces: 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, as opposed to making it. Because of that, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with most reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right model for your home may appear like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at Dearing's Service & Solutions can offer assistance. We’ll begin with a no-obligation appointment to hear about your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.
Here’s about how much you can anticipate to spend 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 approximately 450–550 square feet, or about 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 costs for typical home improvement projects.
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 might 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 residence.
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 home through December 31, 2021. We recommend talking with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Huntingburg also often give rebates for installing 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 often more expensive than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient method to heat and cool difficult parts of your house. These involve:
- Areas you aren’t in very regularly.
- Rooms with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests using mini-splits in residences with special challenges, such as:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either because of high fuel expenses or reduced efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork due to 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 get more accurage control over settings from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the right model to professionally installing it, our pros at Dearing's Service & Solutions can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 812-200-5844 today to discover how a mini-split system can make your home more comfortable and to request your free estimate!