Rooms 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 could be costly. And that added space might just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to take on, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart solution for these areas since it doesn’t require ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently called a mini-split heat pump since it moves heating and cooling, rather than creating it. Because of that, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right type for your home might appear overwhelming, but our heating and cooling pros at TopTec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical can offer assistance. We’ll start with a no-pressure 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 expect to be responsible for when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.
Average Mini-Split Installation Cost
One of the most popular 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 typical mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for typical home improvement jobs.
Your total mini-split installation cost will differ based on the type you go with and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other added costs could include:
- 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?
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 home through December 31, 2021. We suggest talking with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Libertyville also typically have rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to confirm you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although getting a mini-split is usually pricier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient approach to heat and cool difficult spots in your residence. These can be:
- Rooms you aren’t in very often.
- Rooms with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also advises having mini-splits in residences with unique challenges, such as:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either as a result of high fuel expenses or reduced efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.
In contrast with 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 enjoy precise control over settings from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the best model to knowledgeably installing it, our specialists at TopTec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 847-362-0262 today to discover how a mini-split system can make your home cozier and to receive your free estimate!