Rooms that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from an existing system can be pricey. And that added space might just be too big for your home comfort equipment to handle, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart option for these areas because it doesn’t require ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often known as a mini-split heat pump as it shifts heating and cooling, rather than generating it. Because of that, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with the majority reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right model for your residence may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating can offer assistance. We’ll get started with a no-obligation consultation to review your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.
Here’s about how much you can expect to spend when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Average Mini-Split Installation Cost
One of the most frequently installed 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 average mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for typical home improvement jobs.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will vary based on the kind you go with and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other added costs may include:
- 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 required if you have an older home.
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 eligible systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We recommend talking with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Saint Louis also typically offer 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 buying a mini-split is usually more expensive than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient way to heat and cool difficult parts of your home. These include:
- Spaces you don’t use very often.
- Rooms with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests installing mini-splits in homes with atypical challenges, like:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either because of high fuel prices or reduced efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.
When compared to more common 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 exact control over temps from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the best model to expertly installing it, our pros at Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 314-262-4541 right away to learn how a mini-split system can make your house cozier and to request your free estimate!