Spaces that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from an existing system could be expensive. And that additional space might just be too big for your home comfort equipment to manage, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart option for these spaces 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 typically referred to as a mini-split heat pump as it moves heating and cooling, rather than making it. As a result, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right model for your home may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at Connolly Electric & Mechanical can help. We’ll start with a no-obligation meeting to hear about your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also go over 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 buying a ductless mini-split.
Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most frequently 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 approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for common home improvement work.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will differ based on the type you go with and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other added costs may entail:
- Installing a concrete area 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 home.
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 qualified systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We suggest chatting with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Cottonwood & Prescott also often offer rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to confirm you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although purchasing a mini-split is typically costlier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient method to heat and cool tricky areas in your residence. These include:
- Spaces you don’t visit very regularly.
- Rooms with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also advises installing mini-splits in houses with special challenges, including:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either due to high fuel expenses or reduced efficiency.
- Older houses 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 have exact control over temperatures from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the ideal model to expertly installing it, our pros at Connolly Electric & Mechanical can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 928-251-4327 today to find out how a mini-split system can make your house more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!