Spaces that lack ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a present system can be expensive. And that extra space may just be too large for your home comfort equipment to handle, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a wise option for these rooms since it doesn’t need ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently called a mini-split heat pump because it transfers heating and cooling, as opposed to generating it. As a result, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the correct type for your residence can appear like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Tri County Climate Control LLC can offer assistance. We’ll begin with a zero-obligation meeting to discuss your needs before giving you 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 plan to be responsible for when you’re installing 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 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 jobs.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will differ based on the type you go with and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other added costs might entail:
- Installing a concrete slab 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 home.
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 qualified systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We advise talking with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Bend also usually give rebates for installing 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 pricier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient approach to heat and cool troublesome parts of your house. These include:
- Areas you don’t visit very regularly.
- Rooms with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests installing mini-splits in residences with special challenges, like:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either due to high fuel costs or low efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork due to 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 exact control over temps from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the right model to professionally installing it, our pros at Tri County Climate Control LLC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 541-238-2797 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your residence comfier and to get your free estimate!