Areas that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system could be expensive. And that added area may just be too big for your home comfort equipment to handle, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a wise option for these spaces since it doesn’t need ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two components: 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, rather than generating it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right model for your house may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling experts at Enertek Air Conditioning & Heating can provide support. We’ll get started with a no-obligation appointment to go over 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 anticipate to spend when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most often used sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool about 450–550 square feet, or around 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 prices for common home improvement jobs.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will be different based on the kind you select and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other added costs may involve:
- Installing a concrete slab 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 residence.
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 eligible systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We recommend talking with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Northridge also often offer rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to make sure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although purchasing a mini-split is often costlier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient way to heat and cool difficult rooms in your home. These involve:
- Spaces you don’t use very often.
- Areas with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests having mini-splits in homes with atypical challenges, like:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either because of high fuel prices or decreased efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork as a result 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 get more accurage control over settings from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the best model to knowledgeably installing it, our specialists at Enertek Air Conditioning & Heating can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at (818) 727-9993 today to learn how a mini-split system can make your home comfier and to receive your free estimate!