Spaces that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a current system can be pricey. And that extra space might just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to handle, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great idea for these rooms as it doesn’t need ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically referred to as a mini-split heat pump since it transfers heating and cooling, instead of creating it. Because of that, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with the majority reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right model for your residence may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning can provide support. We’ll begin with a no-obligation meeting 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 eligible for.
Here’s about how much you can anticipate to spend when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most frequently installed sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool approximately 450–550 square feet, or about the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the typical mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for usual home improvement jobs.
Your total mini-split installation cost will be different based on the kind you choose and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other additional costs might include:
- Installing a concrete pad for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This could be necessary if you have an older house.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Getting an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can give you access to valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for certain systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We recommend talking with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Winnipeg also usually have rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to ensure you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although buying a mini-split is usually pricier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient way to heat and cool troublesome rooms in your house. These involve:
- Areas you aren’t in very often.
- Spaces with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends installing mini-splits in homes with unique challenges, such as:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either as a result of high fuel costs or decreased efficiency.
- Older residences that don’t have ductwork due to radiator or baseboard heat.
In contrast with 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 have more accurage control over temperatures from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the best model to professionally installing it, our specialists at Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 204-272-8128 right away to learn how a mini-split system can make your house cozier and to get your free estimate!