Areas that lack ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system could be pricey. And that added square footage might just be too large for your home comfort equipment to handle, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart option for these areas as it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This all-in-one 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 as it shifts heating and cooling, instead of making it. Because of that, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the appropriate kind for your residence can appear like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Custom Air Systems Inc can offer assistance. We’ll start with a zero-pressure meeting to go over 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 plan to be responsible for when you’re getting 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 around the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the typical mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for common home improvement jobs.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will vary based on the type you go with and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other additional costs might entail:
- Installing a concrete pad 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 residence.
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 qualified systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We recommend chatting with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Port St. Lucie also usually offer rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to confirm you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although installing a mini-split is often costlier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient way to heat and cool troublesome rooms in your home. These include:
- Areas you don’t visit very frequently.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also advises having mini-splits in residences with atypical challenges, like:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either due to high fuel expenses or low efficiency.
- Older residences that don’t have ductwork because of radiator or baseboard heat.
When compared to 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 exact control over settings from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the ideal model to knowledgeably installing it, our pros at Custom Air Systems Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 772-247-2283 now to discover how a mini-split system can make your residence more comfortable and to request your free estimate!