Spaces that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from an existing system could be expensive. And that extra square footage could just be too big for your home comfort equipment to manage, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart option for these areas because 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 often referred to as a mini-split heat pump because it moves heating and cooling, as opposed to making it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with the majority reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right model for your house may appear like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Cooler Tymes LLC can offer assistance. We’ll start with a no-obligation consultation to learn about your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify 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 approximately 450–550 square feet, or roughly the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the usual mini-split cost for this size is around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for usual home improvement work.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will vary based on the model you choose and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other added costs may include:
- Installing a concrete area for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This could be needed if you have an older residence.
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 eligible systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We suggest chatting with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Litchfield Park also often have rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to make sure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although buying a mini-split is usually pricier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient way to heat and cool difficult spots in your house. These can be:
- Areas you aren’t in very often.
- Spaces with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests installing mini-splits in houses with unique challenges, such as:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either as a result of high fuel prices or reduced efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.
In contrast with 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 enjoy more accurage control over temperatures from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the right model to professionally installing it, our pros at Cooler Tymes LLC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 623-208-6444 today to learn how a mini-split system can make your home comfier and to get your free estimate!