Spaces that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a present system may be costly. And that additional area may 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 wise option 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 because it transfers heating and cooling, as opposed to creating it. As a result, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with the majority reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right model for your home may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling experts at Solar Air Inc. can offer assistance. We’ll begin with a no-obligation meeting to learn about 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 spend when you’re buying 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 an estimated 450–550 square feet, or about the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the average mini-split cost for this size is around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for common home improvement jobs.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will differ based on the model you select and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other added costs might involve:
- Installing a concrete area for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This could be necessary if you have an older residence.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Getting an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can give you access to valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for certain systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We recommend talking with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Fort Lauderdale also usually have rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to make sure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although getting a mini-split is often more expensive than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient method to heat and cool troublesome spots in your home. These involve:
- Areas you aren’t in very regularly.
- Rooms with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends using mini-splits in residences with unique challenges, such as:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either due to high fuel prices or low efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.
When compared to regular 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 temperatures from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the best model to professionally installing it, our specialists at Solar Air Inc. can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 954-320-7398 now to discover how a mini-split system can make your house comfier and to receive your free estimate!