Areas that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a present system can be costly. And that added area could just be too large for your home comfort equipment to manage, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart option for these areas because it doesn’t require ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically known as a mini-split heat pump because it transfers heating and cooling, instead of creating it. Because of that, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with most reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right model for your house may appear like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Central Air LLC can offer assistance. We’ll start with a no-obligation appointment to discuss your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might be able to take advantage of.
Here’s about how much you can anticipate to be responsible for when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.
Average Mini-Split Installation Cost
One of the most popular sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool about 450–550 square feet, or roughly 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 prices for typical home improvement projects.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will differ based on the kind you select and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other extra costs might involve:
- 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 required if you have an older home.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Installing 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 house through December 31, 2021. We suggest consulting with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Brookfield also often have rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to ensure you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although installing a mini-split is usually costlier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient approach to heat and cool troublesome areas in your home. These include:
- Spaces you aren’t in very often.
- Areas with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also advises having mini-splits in residences with special challenges, including:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either due to high fuel expenses or reduced efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork due to radiator or baseboard heat.
In contrast with 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 exact control over settings from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the ideal model to expertly installing it, our specialists at Central Air LLC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 203-357-5913 right away to learn how a mini-split system can make your house comfier and to request your free estimate!