Wilkes-Barre Mini-Split Heat Pump Case Study: Converting a Garage to a Home Office

Wilkes-Barre Mini-Split Heat Pump Case Study: Converting Garage To Home Office

Problem: The homeowners needed a dedicated space for a home office and didn’t want to go for a full addition. They wanted to convert their garage into a home office, but the space did not have heating or cooling and the home’s ductwork did not extend to the garage.

Solution: Installed a single-zone Carrier ductless unit in the garage, creating a comfortable office space all year round.



Our Wilkes-Barre, PA homeowners, like many families, encountered both advantages and challenges transitioning to remote work. While the lack of a commute was awesome, the distractions of working from home introduced productivity issues.

Maintaining a clear separation between work and home life can be challenging, prompting our homeowners to consider converting one of the garage bays into a home office. However, the lack of heating and cooling in their garage presented a hurdle.

To help turn their home office vision into reality, they called us in to outline the available heating and cooling options for their new garage workspace.

As soon as I saw it, I knew this was a classic situation for a single-zone ductless mini-split heat pump. In this case, we went with a Carrier ductless mini-split system capable of providing essential heating and additional cooling for year-round comfort.

In this case study, we’ll explore:

Transforming Unused Space Into Comfortable Living and Working Areas:

Creating a functional home office is a necessity for some folks and also an upgrade to property value. Converting a garage space into a comfortable and functional workspace not only meets current needs but adds enduring value to older homes while avoiding potential zoning complications and other costs associated with building additions.

Whisper-Quiet Mini-Split – Perfect for a Home Office

Carrier ductless mini-split systems consist of an outdoor condenser unit connected to an indoor air handler, often wall-mounted for space-saving reasons. Advanced sensors monitor temperature and humidity, ensuring perfect comfort. These systems evenly distribute air, eliminating hot and cold spots without the concern of furniture obstructing vents or baseboard heaters. The whisper-quiet operation enhances the professional appeal of the home office, ensuring a disturbance-free environment for virtual meetings.

High-Efficiency Options Save Money

Ductless air conditioning, providing cost-effective comfort for years, comes at approximately $5,500. Compared to the average Wilkes-Barre, PA commute cost exceeding $9,300 annually, the cost savings are unexpected and obvious. Carrier ductless heating and cooling systems are energy-efficient, resulting in minimal impact on energy bills. With 70% greater energy efficiency than baseboard heating and 30% more than window AC units, these systems make comfort more affordable starting with your first energy bill.

Rebates Make Mini Splits More Affordable

The efficiency of heat pump ductless mini-split systems makes them eligible for special energy rebates through local utilities and tax credits through the Inflation Reduction Act, potentially saving thousands on your equipment costs. Strategic project timing allowed our homeowners to capitalize on seasonal Carrier rebates and promotions, making Carrier ductless heating and cooling an affordable option.

Download your free product guide to discover more about how a mini-split system can address challenges in hard-to-heat-and-cool spaces within your home and give us a call if you want to discuss the particulars of your situation to see if a Carrier ductless mini-split is right for your needs.