Areas that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a current system could be costly. And that additional area may just be too big for your home comfort equipment to manage, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a smart option for these spaces because 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 typically called a mini-split heat pump as it moves heating and cooling, in place of making it. As a result, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® certification.

Selecting the right model for your residence may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at May's Heating & Air can help. We’ll start with a no-obligation consultation to go over your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.

Here’s about how much you can expect to spend when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.

Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation

One of the most often used sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool an estimated 450–550 square feet, or about the size of a studio apartment.

With professional installation, the usual mini-split cost for this size is around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for typical home improvement jobs.

Your exact mini-split installation cost will differ based on the model you choose and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other additional costs may entail:

  • Installing a concrete area for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
  • Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
  • Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This could be necessary if you have an older home.

Will a New Mini-Split|Do Mini-Splits|Can a High Efficiency Mini-Split} Receive 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 certain systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We advise talking with your tax professional for more information.

Energy companies in Frederick also typically give rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to ensure you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Is Installing a Mini-Split Worth the Price?

Although buying a mini-split is typically more expensive than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient approach to heat and cool difficult parts of your home. These include:

  • Additions.
  • Garages.
  • Sunrooms.
  • Rooms you aren’t in very often.
  • Areas with hot and cold spots.

ENERGY STAR also advises installing mini-splits in residences with atypical challenges, like:

  • 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.

In contrast with 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 enjoy precise control over settings from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.

Our Pros Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you select the best model to expertly installing it, our pros at May's Heating & Air can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 301-690-0397 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your house cozier and to request your free estimate!