Spaces that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a current system could be pricey. And that additional square footage might just be too big for your home comfort equipment to take on, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a wise solution for these areas because it doesn’t require ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often called a mini-split heat pump because it shifts heating and cooling, in place of generating it. Because of that, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with many achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right model for your home may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at Assured Appliance & Heating & Air can provide support. We’ll begin with a no-obligation consultation to learn about your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might be able to take advantage of.
Here’s about how much you can plan to pay when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Average Mini-Split Installation Cost
One of the most often used sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool an estimated 450–550 square feet, or about the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the average mini-split cost for this size is around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for common home improvement work.
Your total mini-split installation cost will be different based on the model you select and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other added 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 may 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 make you eligible for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for certain systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We recommend consulting with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Genoa also typically offer rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to ensure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although installing a mini-split is usually more expensive than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient method to heat and cool difficult areas in your house. These can be:
- Areas you aren’t in very regularly.
- Spaces with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends using mini-splits in homes with special challenges, such as:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either as a result of high fuel expenses or low efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.
When compared to 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 exact control over temperatures from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the ideal model to professionally installing it, our professionals at Assured Appliance & Heating & Air can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 847-306-8990 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your residence more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!