Spaces that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a current system can be costly. And that extra area could just be too big for your home comfort equipment to manage, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a wise option for these spaces because 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 known as a mini-split heat pump since it shifts heating and cooling, as opposed to making it. Because of this, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right model for your residence may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at Smyth Air Conditioning can help. We’ll begin 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 installing 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 approximately 450–550 square feet, or around 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 expenses for common home improvement projects.
Your total 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 may involve:
- 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 necessary if you have an older home.
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 residence through December 31, 2021. We suggest chatting with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Lake Worth also typically offer rebates for buying 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 installing a mini-split is usually more expensive than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient approach to heat and cool troublesome areas in your home. These involve:
- Areas you aren’t in very regularly.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests installing mini-splits in houses with unique challenges, including:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either due to high fuel costs or low efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.
In comparison to 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 get precise control over temperatures from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the ideal model to professionally installing it, our pros at Smyth Air Conditioning can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 561-533-6066 right away to find out how a mini-split system can make your residence more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!