Rooms that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system can be costly. And that added space could just be too large for your home comfort equipment to handle, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great option for these rooms as it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically referred to as a mini-split heat pump as it transfers heating and cooling, instead of generating it. Because of this, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with the majority reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right model for your home may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Cooks Air Conditioning and Heating Specialists can help. We’ll start with a no-obligation consultation to hear about your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.
Here’s about how much you can expect to be responsible for 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 usual mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for common home improvement jobs.
Your total mini-split installation cost will differ based on the kind you choose and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other added costs might involve:
- 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 necessary if you have an older house.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Installing an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can give you access to valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for qualified systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We advise talking with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Palm Coast also often offer rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to ensure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although buying a mini-split is often costlier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient way to heat and cool tricky parts of your residence. These include:
- Areas you don’t visit very regularly.
- Areas with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also advises using mini-splits in residences with special challenges, such as:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either as a result of high fuel costs or decreased efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.
In comparison to 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 get precise control over temps from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the ideal model to expertly installing it, our professionals at Cooks Air Conditioning and Heating Specialists can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 386-313-8766 today to learn how a mini-split system can make your house cozier and to get your free estimate!