Areas that lack ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a current system may be pricey. And that extra 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 option for these spaces as it doesn’t need ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically known as a mini-split heat pump as it transfers heating and cooling, rather than creating it. As a result, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right type for your residence might seem like a big task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning can offer assistance. We’ll begin with a no-obligation appointment to review your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might be able to take advantage of.
Here’s about how much you can expect to spend when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most popular 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 typical mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for usual home improvement jobs.
Your total mini-split installation cost will vary based on the model you choose and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other additional costs could entail:
- Installing a concrete slab 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 home.
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 recommend chatting with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Bishop also usually give rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to ensure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although buying a mini-split is often pricier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient way to heat and cool difficult rooms in your house. These include:
- Spaces you don’t use very regularly.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends having mini-splits in residences with unique challenges, like:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either because of high fuel prices or decreased efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.
In contrast with 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 have exact control over temperatures from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the ideal model to knowledgeably installing it, our pros at Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 760-784-9034 right away to learn how a mini-split system can make your residence more comfortable and to get your free estimate!