Rooms that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a current system may be expensive. And that additional square footage might just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to manage, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart option for these spaces as it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often known as a mini-split heat pump as it moves heating and cooling, instead of creating it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with many reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right model for your residence may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Paniccia Heating & Cooling can help. We’ll start with a no-obligation consultation to go over 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 anticipate to be responsible for when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most frequently installed sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool about 450–550 square feet, or roughly the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the usual mini-split cost for this size is around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for usual home improvement jobs.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will differ based on the kind you choose and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other additional costs might 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 house.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Getting an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can qualify you for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for select systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We recommend consulting with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Michigan City also typically give rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to make sure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although getting a mini-split is usually more expensive than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient way to heat and cool difficult parts of your house. These involve:
- Areas you aren’t in very often.
- Areas with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests having mini-splits in homes with atypical challenges, such as:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either as a result of high fuel expenses or low efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.
In contrast with 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 get exact control over settings from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the ideal model to expertly installing it, our specialists at Paniccia Heating & Cooling can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 219-872-2198 today to learn how a mini-split system can make your residence more comfortable and to request your free estimate!