Areas that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a present system could be pricey. And that added space could just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to take on, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart idea for these areas as it doesn’t require ductwork. This comprehensive 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 as it shifts heating and cooling, in place of creating it. Because of this, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with many reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right model for your residence may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Dave's Diversified Services can help. We’ll get started with a no-obligation appointment to discuss your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also discuss 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 Mini-Split Installation Cost
One of the most popular sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool an estimated 450–550 square feet, or roughly 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 costs for common home improvement work.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will vary based on the model you go with and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other added costs could involve:
- Installing a concrete area 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 residence.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Installing 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 residence through December 31, 2021. We advise consulting with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Front Royal also typically offer rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to confirm you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although purchasing a mini-split is often pricier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient way to heat and cool troublesome rooms in your house. These include:
- Areas you aren’t in very frequently.
- Rooms with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests having mini-splits in residences with special challenges, including:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either because of high fuel costs or low efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork because of radiator or baseboard heat.
When compared to regular 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 enjoy more accurage control over temps from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the right model to knowledgeably installing it, our pros at Dave's Diversified Services can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 540-636-3396 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your house comfier and to request your free estimate!