Rooms that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system could be expensive. And that extra space might just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to take on, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a wise option for these rooms because it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically known as a mini-split heat pump as it moves heating and cooling, in place of generating it. As a result, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right model for your residence may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling experts at Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C. can offer assistance. We’ll get started with a no-obligation appointment to hear about your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.
Here’s about how much you can expect to spend 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 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 costs for usual home improvement work.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will differ based on the model you choose and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other additional costs might 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 needed if you have an older residence.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Installing an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can give you access to valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for select systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We advise talking with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Rio Grande Valley also often offer rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to ensure you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although getting a mini-split is usually costlier than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient approach to heat and cool tricky rooms in your house. These include:
- Spaces you aren’t in very regularly.
- Rooms with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends installing mini-splits in houses with atypical challenges, like:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either due to high fuel expenses or decreased efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork because of radiator or baseboard heat.
In contrast with regular 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 enjoy more accurage control over settings from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the right model to professionally installing it, our specialists at Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C. can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 956-630-3522 today to learn how a mini-split system can make your residence cozier and to request your free estimate!