Spaces that lack ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from an existing system could be expensive. And that additional space might just be too large for your home comfort equipment to take on, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great solution for these rooms as it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically known as a mini-split heat pump since it transfers heating and cooling, instead of creating it. Because of this, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with many reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right type for your residence might seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We’ll start with a no-pressure appointment to learn about your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might be able to take advantage of.
Here’s about how much you can expect to be responsible for when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most popular sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool an estimated 450–550 square feet, or around 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 costs for usual home improvement work.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will be different based on the model you select and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other extra costs might involve:
- Installing a concrete slab 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 residence.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Installing an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can qualify you 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 details.
Energy companies in Winnipeg also usually offer rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to ensure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although purchasing a mini-split is typically more expensive than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient method to heat and cool tricky parts of your house. These can be:
- Rooms you don’t visit very regularly.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests using mini-splits in houses with atypical challenges, such as:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either because of high fuel prices or decreased efficiency.
- Older residences that don’t have ductwork because 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 enjoy precise 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 choose the best model to knowledgeably installing it, our professionals at Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 204-272-8128 today to learn how a mini-split system can make your home comfier and to get your free estimate!