Areas that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a present system could be pricey. And that additional area could just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to take on, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a wise option for these areas as it doesn’t require ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically referred to as a mini-split heat pump because it moves heating and cooling, instead of making it. Because of this, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with the majority reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the correct kind for your house might appear like a big task, but our heating and cooling professionals at Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning can provide support. We’ll get started with a zero-obligation appointment to hear about your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might be able to take advantage of.
Here’s about how much you can anticipate to pay when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.
Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most often installed 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 total mini-split installation cost will be different based on the type you go with and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other added 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?
Getting an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can qualify you for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for certain systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We advise consulting with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in York also usually have rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to make sure you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although purchasing a mini-split is often pricier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient method to heat and cool difficult areas in your home. These include:
- Areas you don’t use very regularly.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests using mini-splits in houses with unique challenges, such as:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either due to high fuel costs or decreased efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork because of radiator or baseboard heat.
In comparison to 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 have more accurage control over temps from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the best model to expertly installing it, our specialists at Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 717-383-4479 right away to learn how a mini-split system can make your house more comfortable and to get your free estimate!