Spaces that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a present system can be expensive. And that added space might 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 option for these rooms as it doesn’t require ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often referred to as a mini-split heat pump since it transfers heating and cooling, as opposed to generating it. Because of that, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right model for your house may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling experts at Enertek Air Conditioning & Heating can help. We’ll start with a no-obligation appointment to go over your needs before giving 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 be responsible for when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.
Average Mini-Split Installation Cost
One of the most frequently installed sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool an estimated 450–550 square feet, or around the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the typical mini-split cost for this size is around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for usual home improvement projects.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will differ based on the model you choose and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other additional costs could entail:
- Installing a concrete area for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This might be necessary if you have an older residence.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Buying an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can qualify you for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for select systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We suggest consulting with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Northridge also often give rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to make sure you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although getting a mini-split is often pricier than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient method to heat and cool difficult areas in your residence. These can be:
- Rooms you aren’t in very often.
- Areas with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also advises using mini-splits in residences with atypical challenges, such as:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either because of high fuel expenses or low efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork due to 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 have more accurage 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 pick the right model to professionally installing it, our professionals at Enertek Air Conditioning & Heating can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at (818) 727-9993 today to learn how a mini-split system can make your residence comfier and to receive your free estimate!