Rooms that lack ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a present system could be expensive. And that additional square footage could just be too large for your home comfort equipment to manage, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart idea for these spaces as it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently known as a mini-split heat pump as it moves heating and cooling, rather than making it. As a result, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with many achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the correct type for your house could appear like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling pros at Cool Air Solutions can provide support. We’ll get started with a no-obligation meeting to review 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 anticipate to be responsible for when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Average Mini-Split Installation Cost
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 typical mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for typical home improvement work.
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 involve:
- Installing a concrete slab 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?
Buying 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 house through December 31, 2021. We suggest chatting with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Murrieta also typically offer rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to ensure you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although installing a mini-split is often pricier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient way to heat and cool tricky parts of your home. These involve:
- Spaces you aren’t in very often.
- Spaces with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends using mini-splits in homes with special challenges, such as:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either due to high fuel prices or decreased efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork because of radiator or baseboard heat.
In comparison to traditional 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 temps from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the best model to expertly installing it, our specialists at Cool Air Solutions can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 951-299-9853 today to learn how a mini-split system can make your residence more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!