Areas that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a present system may be pricey. And that additional square footage could just be too large for your home comfort equipment to take on, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a wise solution for these rooms as 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 frequently known as a mini-split heat pump because it moves heating and cooling, instead of making it. Because of this, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with the majority reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right kind for your home might seem like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling professionals at Comfort Zone, LLC can provide support. We’ll start with a zero-obligation meeting to hear about your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might be able to take advantage of.
Here’s about how much you can plan to spend when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most popular 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 around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for common home improvement projects.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will vary based on the model you choose and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other additional costs might involve:
- Installing a concrete slab 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 house.
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 certain systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We suggest chatting with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Cape Coral also usually give rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to confirm you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although purchasing a mini-split is usually costlier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient method to heat and cool troublesome parts of your house. These involve:
- Rooms you aren’t in very often.
- Areas with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also advises using mini-splits in homes with special challenges, including:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either because of high fuel costs or decreased efficiency.
- Older homes 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 exact control over temperatures from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the best model to expertly installing it, our pros at Comfort Zone, LLC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 239-214-0411 now to discover how a mini-split system can make your residence comfier and to request your free estimate!