Areas that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a present system can be expensive. And that added space may just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to manage, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great idea for these rooms as it doesn’t need ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often referred to as a mini-split heat pump as it moves heating and cooling, as opposed to creating it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with the majority reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right model for your home may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling professionals at Scott Temperature can provide support. We’ll start with a no-obligation appointment to discuss 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 expect to spend when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most frequently 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 typical mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for usual home improvement work.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will vary based on the model you select and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other extra costs might entail:
- Installing a concrete pad for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This may be needed if you have an older house.
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 qualified systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We suggest chatting with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Lawrence also typically have rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to confirm you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although purchasing a mini-split is often costlier than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient method to heat and cool troublesome spots in your residence. These include:
- Rooms you don’t visit very regularly.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends having mini-splits in houses with atypical challenges, such as:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either as a result of high fuel expenses or decreased efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork due to 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 precise control over settings from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the ideal model to professionally installing it, our specialists at Scott Temperature can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 785-269-0465 right away to find out how a mini-split system can make your home comfier and to get your free estimate!