Spaces that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system could be expensive. And that extra square footage might just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to manage, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great option for these rooms as it doesn’t need ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently called a mini-split heat pump because it moves heating and cooling, rather than generating it. Because of that, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right model for your house may appear like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at Home Comfort Heating & Air can offer assistance. We’ll get started with a no-obligation appointment to go over your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.
Here’s about how much you can expect to pay when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.
Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most often installed sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool about 450–550 square feet, or about the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the typical mini-split cost for this size is around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for typical home improvement jobs.
Your total mini-split installation cost will be different based on the type you select and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other added costs may include:
- Installing a concrete slab 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 house.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Getting an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can make you eligible for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for eligible systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We recommend consulting with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Elk River also typically have rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through 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 often costlier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient approach to heat and cool tricky areas in your residence. These include:
- Spaces you aren’t in very often.
- Spaces with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends using mini-splits in residences with special challenges, like:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either because of high fuel prices or low efficiency.
- Older residences that don’t have ductwork because of radiator or baseboard heat.
In comparison 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 get more accurage control over settings from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the right model to knowledgeably installing it, our professionals at Home Comfort Heating & Air can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 763-276-0617 today to learn how a mini-split system can make your house more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!