Spaces that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a present system could be pricey. And that additional area might just be too large for your home comfort equipment to handle, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart solution for these spaces because it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently called a mini-split heat pump because it moves heating and cooling, rather than generating it. As a result, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right model for your residence may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling professionals at Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc can provide support. We’ll begin with a no-obligation consultation to discuss your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.
Here’s about how much you can expect to pay when you’re getting 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 around 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 costs for typical home improvement jobs.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will vary based on the kind you select and how energy efficient it is. Per 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 could be needed if you have an older house.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for 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 house through December 31, 2021. We advise talking with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Mobile also typically have rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to confirm you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although purchasing a mini-split is typically costlier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient method to heat and cool tricky areas in your house. These involve:
- Rooms you aren’t in very often.
- Areas with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also advises having mini-splits in residences with special challenges, including:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either because of high fuel costs or decreased efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork because of radiator or baseboard heat.
When compared 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 have precise control over settings from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the ideal model to professionally installing it, our pros at Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 251-471-2674 today to learn how a mini-split system can make your home more comfortable and to get your free estimate!