Spaces without ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a current system can be pricey. And that additional square footage might just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to handle, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great option for these spaces as it doesn’t require ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically referred to as a mini-split heat pump as it shifts heating and cooling, instead of creating it. Because of that, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the appropriate type for your home could seem like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling specialists at Cooler Tymes LLC can offer assistance. We’ll start with a zero-pressure meeting to review your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also go over 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.
Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most often installed 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 average mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for usual home improvement jobs.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will vary based on the model you choose and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other extra costs may involve:
- Installing a concrete area for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This may be required if you have an older house.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Buying an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can qualify you for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for select systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We advise chatting with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Litchfield Park also usually give rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to confirm you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although installing a mini-split is typically more expensive than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient method to heat and cool difficult parts of your house. These involve:
- Areas you don’t use very regularly.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also advises using mini-splits in residences with unique challenges, such as:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either because of high fuel prices or decreased efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork because of radiator or baseboard heat.
In comparison 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 get precise control over temps from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the ideal model to expertly installing it, our professionals at Cooler Tymes LLC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 623-208-6444 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your residence more comfortable and to request your free estimate!