Rooms that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a current system may be expensive. And that extra square footage might just be too big for your home comfort equipment to handle, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a wise idea for these rooms as it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically referred to as a mini-split heat pump because it moves heating and cooling, as opposed to creating it. Because of that, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right model for your residence may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling professionals at North Mechanical Heating and Cooling can help. We’ll get started with a no-obligation appointment to discuss your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might be able to take advantage of.
Here’s about how much you can plan to be responsible for when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.
Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most often used 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 usual mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for typical home improvement jobs.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will be different based on the kind you choose and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other extra costs could entail:
- 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 home.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Buying an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can make you eligible for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for qualified systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We suggest chatting with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Payson also usually offer rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to confirm you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although purchasing a mini-split is typically more expensive than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient method to heat and cool tricky spots in your residence. These include:
- Areas you aren’t in very frequently.
- Locations 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 prices or reduced efficiency.
- Older residences that don’t have ductwork because of radiator or baseboard heat.
In contrast with more common 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 exact control over temperatures from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the right model to expertly installing it, our specialists at North Mechanical Heating and Cooling can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 928-263-8570 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your residence more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!