Areas that lack ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a current system may be expensive. And that added area might just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to handle, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a wise idea for these spaces as it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically referred to as a mini-split heat pump since it shifts heating and cooling, in place of generating it. Because of this, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the appropriate type for your residence might seem overwhelming, but our heating and cooling professionals at Miller Climate Control LLC can help. We’ll get started with a no-obligation consultation 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 expect to pay when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.
Estimated 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 about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for typical home improvement work.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will be different based on the model you go with and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other additional costs may entail:
- 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 required if you have an older residence.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Installing an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can give you access to valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for qualified systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We recommend talking with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Georgetown also usually give rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to ensure you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although installing a mini-split is typically costlier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient approach to heat and cool difficult areas in your residence. These involve:
- Spaces you don’t use very often.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also advises installing mini-splits in houses with unique challenges, such as:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either due to high fuel costs or low efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork as a result of 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 temperatures from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the right model to professionally installing it, our pros at Miller Climate Control LLC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 512-937-2001 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your house cozier and to get your free estimate!