Areas that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a current system could be expensive. And that added space could just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to take on, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart option for these spaces since it doesn’t require ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often referred to as a mini-split heat pump since it transfers heating and cooling, rather than making it. Because of this, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with most reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right model for your home may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Woody's Sudden Service can provide support. We’ll start with a no-obligation appointment to discuss your needs before offering 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 expect to pay 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 about 450–550 square feet, or about the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the usual mini-split cost for this size is around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for usual home improvement projects.
Your total mini-split installation cost will be different based on the type you choose and how energy efficient it is. Per 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 could be needed if you have an older house.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Buying 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 home through December 31, 2021. We suggest consulting with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Manassas also usually offer rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to confirm you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although buying a mini-split is usually more expensive than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient way to heat and cool troublesome parts of your home. These include:
- Areas you don’t use very frequently.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends having mini-splits in houses with unique challenges, like:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either as a result of high fuel expenses or reduced efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork due to radiator or baseboard heat.
When compared to 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 get more accurage control over temps from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the ideal model to expertly installing it, our pros at Woody's Sudden Service can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 703-278-2036 now to discover how a mini-split system can make your house cozier and to get your free estimate!