Spaces that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a present system can be costly. And that additional square footage may just be too large for your home comfort equipment to manage, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great idea for these spaces because 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 typically referred to as a mini-split heat pump since it shifts heating and cooling, in place of making it. Because of that, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right model for your residence may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Mayeuxs AC & Heating can provide support. We’ll start with a no-obligation appointment to go over your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.
Here’s about how much you can expect to pay when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Average Mini-Split Installation Cost
One of the most often installed 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 about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for common home improvement work.
Your total mini-split installation cost will differ based on the type you choose and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other additional costs may 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 house.
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 select systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We suggest consulting with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Norco and St. Charles Parish also usually have rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to make sure you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although installing a mini-split is often pricier than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient way to heat and cool tricky spots in your home. These can be:
- Rooms you don’t visit very regularly.
- Areas with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends using mini-splits in residences with special challenges, such as:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either as a result of high fuel costs or low efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork due to 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 have exact control over temps from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the right model to professionally installing it, our specialists at Mayeuxs AC & Heating can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at (985) 764-2426 now to learn how a mini-split system can make your house comfier and to request your free estimate!