Rooms that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a current system could be pricey. And that additional square footage could just be too sizeable 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 rooms since it doesn’t require ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often called a mini-split heat pump since it moves heating and cooling, as opposed to generating it. As a result, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right model for your house may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Comfort Zone, LLC can offer assistance. We’ll get started with a no-obligation appointment to discuss your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.
Here’s about how much you can plan to spend when you’re getting 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 approximately 450–550 square feet, or roughly 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 expenses for usual home improvement work.
Your total mini-split installation cost will vary based on the type you choose and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other extra 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 required if you have an older house.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Getting 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 house through December 31, 2021. We advise talking with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Cape Coral also often offer rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to ensure you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although getting a mini-split is usually more expensive than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient way to heat and cool troublesome parts of your home. These can be:
- Rooms you don’t visit very often.
- Spaces with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends installing mini-splits in homes with atypical challenges, like:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either because of high fuel costs or reduced efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork due to radiator or baseboard heat.
In contrast with 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 get precise control over temps from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the best model to knowledgeably installing it, our pros at Comfort Zone, LLC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 239-214-0411 today to discover how a mini-split system can make your house more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!