Areas that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a present system may be costly. And that additional square footage may just be too large for your home comfort equipment to take on, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great solution for these spaces as it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically known as a mini-split heat pump as it transfers heating and cooling, in place of making it. Because of that, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with most reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right model for your residence may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling experts at MPC Heating & Cooling can help. We’ll start with a no-obligation appointment to learn about your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.
Here’s about how much you can plan to pay when you’re installing 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 approximately 450–550 square feet, or roughly the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the usual mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for common home improvement work.
Your total mini-split installation cost will differ based on the kind you choose and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other extra costs could include:
- Installing a concrete slab 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 home.
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 certain systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We advise talking with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Chadron also usually have rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to make sure you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although getting a mini-split is typically more expensive than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient way to heat and cool tricky spots in your residence. These include:
- Spaces you don’t visit very often.
- Areas with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends installing mini-splits in houses with special challenges, including:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either due to high fuel prices or low efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork because of radiator or baseboard heat.
In comparison 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 get exact control over temps 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 ideal model to knowledgeably installing it, our specialists at MPC Heating & Cooling can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 308-832-4321 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your residence comfier and to request your free estimate!