Rooms that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a current system can be costly. And that added space could just be too big for your home comfort equipment to take on, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a wise option for these rooms since it doesn’t need ductwork. This combined 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 as it shifts heating and cooling, rather than creating it. Because of this, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right model for your home may appear like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at Lanz Furnace and Fireplace can provide support. We’ll begin with a no-obligation consultation to discuss your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.
Here’s about how much you can anticipate to spend 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 about 450–550 square feet, or around the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the average mini-split cost for this size is around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for usual home improvement work.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will vary based on the model you select and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other added costs may include:
- Installing a concrete area 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 house.
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 select systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We suggest consulting with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Monroe also typically have rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate 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 usually costlier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient approach to heat and cool tricky parts of your home. These include:
- Areas you don’t use very frequently.
- Spaces with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests installing mini-splits in homes with atypical challenges, including:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either because of high fuel prices or decreased efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork because of radiator or baseboard heat.
When compared 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 temperatures from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the ideal model to professionally installing it, our specialists at Lanz Furnace and Fireplace can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 608-291-3606 right away to learn how a mini-split system can make your home comfier and to get your free estimate!