Rooms that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a current system could be pricey. And that added square footage may 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 idea for these spaces as 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 as it shifts heating and cooling, instead of generating it. Because of that, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right model for your house may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We’ll begin with a no-obligation consultation to hear 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 about 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 prices for usual home improvement jobs.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will differ based on the model you go with and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other added costs may involve:
- Installing a concrete slab for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This could be needed if you have an older house.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Installing an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can make you eligible for 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 info.
Energy companies in Odessa also usually have rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate 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 usually pricier than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient approach to heat and cool tricky parts of your residence. These include:
- Areas you aren’t in very frequently.
- Areas with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also advises using mini-splits in homes with unique challenges, like:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either due to high fuel costs or low efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork due to 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 have more accurage control over temps 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 select the ideal model to professionally installing it, our pros at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 432-237-0168 today to find out how a mini-split system can make your home cozier and to receive your free estimate!