Rooms that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a current system may be expensive. And that added space may just be too big for your home comfort equipment to take on, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart solution for these rooms as it doesn’t require ductwork. This all-in-one 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 shifts heating and cooling, rather than making it. As a result, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with the majority reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the correct model for your home might appear like a big task, but our heating and cooling specialists at KDM Service Corporation can help. We’ll begin with a no-obligation appointment to hear about your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.
Here’s about how much you can plan to pay when you’re buying 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 about 450–550 square feet, or roughly the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the typical mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for common home improvement work.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will vary based on the kind you go with and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other extra costs might involve:
- Installing a concrete pad for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This may be necessary if you have an older residence.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Getting an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can make you eligible for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for qualified systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We recommend consulting with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Tuscaloosa also typically have rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to confirm you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although installing a mini-split is often pricier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient approach to heat and cool troublesome areas in your house. These involve:
- Rooms you don’t use very regularly.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also advises installing mini-splits in homes with unique challenges, like:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either due to high fuel prices or low efficiency.
- Older residences that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.
In comparison 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 precise control over temperatures from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the right model to expertly installing it, our specialists at KDM Service Corporation can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 205-208-8090 now to discover how a mini-split system can make your residence cozier and to request your free estimate!