Areas that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from an existing system may be costly. And that additional square footage might just be too large for your home comfort equipment to manage, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart solution for these areas as 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 frequently known as a mini-split heat pump because it shifts heating and cooling, instead of making it. Because of that, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with most reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right model for your home may appear like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning can provide support. We’ll get started with a no-obligation appointment to go over your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.
Here’s about how much you can expect to spend when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.
Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most often used 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 typical mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for typical home improvement work.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will vary based on the type you select and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other extra costs may entail:
- Installing a concrete pad 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 residence.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Buying an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can make you eligible for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for eligible systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We suggest talking with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Moline also often give rebates for buying 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 often more expensive than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient way to heat and cool difficult rooms in your residence. These include:
- Spaces you don’t use very often.
- Spaces with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also advises using mini-splits in residences with special challenges, like:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either as a result of high fuel prices or reduced efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork due to radiator or baseboard heat.
In comparison 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 get more accurage control over temperatures from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the ideal model to expertly installing it, our professionals at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 309-323-9584 now to learn how a mini-split system can make your house comfier and to get your free estimate!