Areas that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a current system can be expensive. And that additional area could just be too large for your home comfort equipment to handle, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart option for these spaces because it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently known as a mini-split heat pump since it moves heating and cooling, in place of generating it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right model for your house may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at JTech Mechanical can offer assistance. We’ll start with a no-obligation meeting to hear about your needs before giving you 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 buying 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 approximately 450–550 square feet, or around the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the average mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for common home improvement projects.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will vary based on the kind you select and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other extra costs could involve:
- Installing a concrete slab 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?
Installing an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can qualify you 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 info.
Energy companies in Magnolia also usually give rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate 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 pricier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient way to heat and cool troublesome rooms in your house. These can be:
- Areas you aren’t in very frequently.
- Rooms with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests installing mini-splits in houses with special challenges, like:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either because of high fuel costs or reduced efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork due to radiator or baseboard heat.
When compared 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 have precise control over settings from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the best model to knowledgeably installing it, our professionals at JTech Mechanical can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 281-231-8768 today to learn how a mini-split system can make your house comfier and to get your free estimate!