Spaces that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a present system may be pricey. And that added area could just be too big for your home comfort equipment to manage, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great option for these areas as it doesn’t require ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often referred to as a mini-split heat pump since it moves heating and cooling, in place of creating it. Because of that, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right model for your home may appear like a large task, but our heating and cooling experts at May's Heating & Air can help. We’ll get started 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 be able to take advantage of.
Here’s about how much you can plan to pay when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.
Average Mini-Split Installation Cost
One of the most often installed 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 average mini-split cost for this size is around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for common home improvement projects.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will be different based on the model you choose and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other added costs might entail:
- Installing a concrete slab 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 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 qualified systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We recommend talking with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Frederick also usually have rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to make sure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although buying a mini-split is usually more expensive than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient way to heat and cool troublesome spots in your home. These can be:
- Spaces you don’t use very frequently.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends installing mini-splits in homes with atypical challenges, like:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either as a result of high fuel costs or low efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork due to radiator or baseboard heat.
In comparison to 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 more accurage control over temperatures from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the best model to professionally installing it, our professionals at May's Heating & Air can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 301-690-0397 right away to discover how a mini-split system can make your house cozier and to request your free estimate!