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 could be pricey. And that added space might just be too big for your home comfort equipment to manage, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a wise solution for these spaces as it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often referred to as a mini-split heat pump since it shifts heating and cooling, rather than creating it. Because of that, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with many achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right model for your house may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling experts at Air Alliance Team 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 review any special offers, rebates and financing you might be able to take advantage of.
Here’s about how much you can expect to pay when you’re buying 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 an estimated 450–550 square feet, or around the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the average mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for common home improvement projects.
Your total mini-split installation cost will be different based on the kind you choose and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other added costs could involve:
- 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 necessary if you have an older residence.
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Installing an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can make you eligible for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for eligible systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We advise chatting with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Ballwin and St. Charles also usually offer rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to ensure you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Is Mini-Split Installation Worth the Cost?
Although installing a mini-split is typically pricier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient method to heat and cool troublesome spots in your home. These involve:
- Spaces you aren’t in very often.
- Rooms with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also advises having mini-splits in homes with unique challenges, including:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either due to high fuel costs or reduced efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork due to 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 have exact 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 choose the right model to knowledgeably installing it, our pros at Air Alliance Team can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 636-206-4584 right away to discover how a mini-split system can make your home cozier and to receive your free estimate!