Rooms that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a current system may be costly. And that extra 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 smart option for these areas because it doesn’t need ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically referred to as a mini-split heat pump because it transfers heating and cooling, in place of generating it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with many reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the appropriate kind for your house might appear overwhelming, but our heating and cooling pros at I-Deal HVAC can provide support. We’ll get started with a zero-pressure appointment to go over your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.
Here’s about how much you can plan to be responsible for when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most frequently installed sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool approximately 450–550 square feet, or about the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the usual mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for typical home improvement work.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will vary based on the kind you choose and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other additional costs might include:
- Installing a concrete pad 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 give you access to valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for eligible systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We advise consulting with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Albuquerque also usually offer rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to ensure you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although buying a mini-split is typically more expensive than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient approach to heat and cool troublesome rooms in your residence. These can be:
- Spaces you don’t visit very frequently.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends using mini-splits in houses with special challenges, such as:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either because of high fuel expenses or decreased efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork because 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, because of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the right model to knowledgeably installing it, our pros at I-Deal HVAC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 505-445-1250 right away to discover how a mini-split system can make your home cozier and to get your free estimate!