Rooms that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a current system can be expensive. And that extra space could just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to handle, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart solution for these rooms 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 known as a mini-split heat pump as it moves heating and cooling, as opposed to creating it. As a result, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the appropriate model for your residence can feel overwhelming, but our heating and cooling professionals at Faust Air Conditioning and Heating can provide support. We’ll begin with a zero-pressure appointment to learn about your needs before giving 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.
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 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 usual home improvement projects.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will differ based on the type you select and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other added costs might include:
- 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 residence.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Buying an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can make you eligible for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for eligible systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We recommend talking with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Wharton also usually give rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to confirm you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although installing a mini-split is usually costlier than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient approach to heat and cool difficult rooms in your house. These involve:
- Spaces you aren’t in very frequently.
- Rooms with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests using mini-splits in residences with special challenges, like:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either due to high fuel costs 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 get more accurage control over temps from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the ideal model to expertly installing it, our specialists at Faust Air Conditioning and Heating can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 979-323-6130 today to find out how a mini-split system can make your house more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!