Areas that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system can be expensive. And that extra space may just be too large for your home comfort equipment to take on, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a wise solution for these areas since 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 often referred to as a mini-split heat pump since it shifts heating and cooling, as opposed to creating it. Because of that, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right model for your house may appear like a large task, but our heating and cooling professionals at Custom Air Systems Inc can offer assistance. We’ll start with a no-obligation consultation to review your needs before offering 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 be responsible for when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.
Average Mini-Split Installation Cost
One of the most frequently installed sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool approximately 450–550 square feet, or about the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the average mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for typical home improvement projects.
Your total mini-split installation cost will vary based on the type you go with and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other extra 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 residence.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Installing an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can make you eligible for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for qualified systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We suggest consulting with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Port St. Lucie also usually offer rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to make sure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although buying a mini-split is often pricier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient way to heat and cool troublesome spots in your house. These include:
- Spaces you aren’t in very regularly.
- Rooms with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also advises using mini-splits in houses with atypical challenges, such as:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either because of high fuel prices or reduced efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork due to radiator or baseboard heat.
In comparison 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 have more accurage 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 choose the right model to knowledgeably installing it, our pros at Custom Air Systems Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 772-247-2283 right away to find out how a mini-split system can make your residence more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!