Areas that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a current system may be expensive. And that additional square footage may 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 solution for these areas because it doesn’t require ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often referred to as a mini-split heat pump since it shifts heating and cooling, instead of making it. Because of this, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right model for your house may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc can provide support. We’ll get started with a no-obligation consultation to learn about your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.
Here’s about how much you can expect to pay when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Average Mini-Split Installation Cost
One of the most often used sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool an estimated 450–550 square feet, or roughly the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the usual mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for usual home improvement jobs.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will differ based on the type you go with and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other extra costs might entail:
- Installing a concrete area 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 home.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Installing an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can qualify you for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for certain systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We recommend talking with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in South Beloit and Belvidere also typically have rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to confirm you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although getting a mini-split is usually pricier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient method to heat and cool troublesome spots in your house. These can be:
- Spaces you don’t use very frequently.
- Rooms with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also advises installing mini-splits in homes with special challenges, such as:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either due to high fuel expenses or decreased efficiency.
- Older residences that don’t have ductwork due to 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 have precise control over settings from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the best model to expertly installing it, our professionals at Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 877-389-2465 now to learn how a mini-split system can make your residence comfier and to get your free estimate!