Rooms that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a present system could be costly. And that extra area could just be too big for your home comfort equipment to take on, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a wise option for these areas as it doesn’t require ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically called a mini-split heat pump as it transfers heating and cooling, rather than generating it. Because of that, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with many reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right model for your home may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at Tru Air Systems LLC can provide support. We’ll begin with a no-obligation meeting to review your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.
Here’s about how much you can expect to be responsible for when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.
Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most often used 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 approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for typical home improvement work.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will be different based on the type you select and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other additional costs could involve:
- Installing a concrete pad for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This might be required if you have an older home.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Installing 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 chatting with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Albuquerque also usually offer rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to confirm you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although purchasing a mini-split is typically costlier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient approach to heat and cool difficult spots in your residence. These can be:
- Rooms you aren’t in very often.
- Rooms with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also advises having mini-splits in houses with special challenges, such as:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either because of high fuel costs or reduced efficiency.
- Older homes 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 enjoy exact control over settings from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the right model to knowledgeably installing it, our specialists at Tru Air Systems LLC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 505-226-3525 today to learn how a mini-split system can make your residence cozier and to receive your free estimate!