Areas that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system can be expensive. And that added space may just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to take on, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart idea for these spaces because it doesn’t require ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently referred to as a mini-split heat pump as it transfers heating and cooling, in place of creating it. As a result, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right model for your house may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Assured Appliance & Heating & Air can offer assistance. We’ll get started with a no-obligation meeting to hear about your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.
Here’s about how much you can expect to spend when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most popular 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 usual mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for common home improvement work.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will differ based on the model you select and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other additional costs could involve:
- 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 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 residence through December 31, 2021. We suggest consulting with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Genoa also typically offer rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to ensure you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although purchasing a mini-split is often more expensive than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient method to heat and cool tricky parts of your home. These include:
- Areas you don’t visit very regularly.
- Spaces with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends having mini-splits in houses with unique challenges, like:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either due to high fuel costs or decreased efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork because 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 enjoy more accurage control over settings from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the ideal model to expertly installing it, our pros at Assured Appliance & Heating & Air can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at +1 847-293-0047 right away to discover how a mini-split system can make your house cozier and to get your free estimate!