Areas that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from an existing system could be expensive. And that extra area might just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to handle, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a wise idea for these rooms because it doesn’t need ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often called a mini-split heat pump because it shifts heating and cooling, instead of generating it. Because of that, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right model for your house may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at MPC Heating & Cooling can provide support. We’ll get started with a no-obligation appointment to go over 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 be responsible for when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.
Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation
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 typical mini-split cost for this size is around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for common home improvement jobs.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will vary based on the model you choose and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other added costs could entail:
- 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 needed 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 certain systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We advise chatting with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Chadron also usually give rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to ensure you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although installing a mini-split is usually pricier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient way to heat and cool troublesome areas in your home. These can be:
- Areas you aren’t in very regularly.
- Rooms with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests installing mini-splits in residences with atypical challenges, such as:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either because of high fuel expenses or reduced efficiency.
- Older houses 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 have precise control over temperatures from room to room, as a result 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 pros at MPC Heating & Cooling can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 308-832-4321 today to learn how a mini-split system can make your house cozier and to receive your free estimate!