Spaces that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a present system can be costly. And that additional space could just be too large for your home comfort equipment to handle, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great option for these spaces as it doesn’t require ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically referred to as a mini-split heat pump because it transfers heating and cooling, as opposed to creating it. Because of that, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right model for your house may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at Scott Temperature can offer assistance. We’ll start with a no-obligation meeting to learn about your needs before giving 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 plan to spend 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 approximately 450–550 square feet, or around the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the average mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for usual home improvement projects.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will be different based on the kind you choose and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other added costs may entail:
- 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 residence.
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 home through December 31, 2021. We advise consulting with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Lawrence also typically give rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to ensure you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although getting a mini-split is often more expensive than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient method to heat and cool troublesome spots in your house. These can be:
- Rooms you don’t use very frequently.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends having mini-splits in residences with unique challenges, including:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either as a result of high fuel costs or low 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 have more accurage control over settings from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the ideal model to professionally installing it, our professionals at Scott Temperature can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 785-269-0465 now to discover how a mini-split system can make your home more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!