Areas that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a current system may be costly. And that additional area could just be too big for your home comfort equipment to take on, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a wise idea 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 known as a mini-split heat pump because it transfers heating and cooling, instead of making it. Because of that, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with many achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the correct kind for your residence might seem like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling professionals at Lycoming Heating Company can help. We’ll get started with a no-obligation consultation to review your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might be able to take advantage of.
Here’s about how much you can plan to pay when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Average Mini-Split Installation Cost
One of the most popular sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool about 450–550 square feet, or around the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the typical mini-split cost for this size is around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for typical 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 extra costs could involve:
- Installing a concrete slab for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This may be required if you have an older residence.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Buying 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 chatting with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Williamsport also usually have rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to make sure you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although purchasing a mini-split is usually pricier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient way to heat and cool difficult parts of your house. These involve:
- Rooms you aren’t in very regularly.
- Areas with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests having mini-splits in houses with special challenges, such as:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either as a result of high fuel prices or low efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.
When compared to 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 get more accurage control over settings from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the best model to professionally installing it, our pros at Lycoming Heating Company can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 570-244-2510 today to find out how a mini-split system can make your residence comfier and to request your free estimate!