Rooms that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system may be costly. And that extra square footage might just be too large for your home comfort equipment to take on, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great solution for these spaces as it doesn’t require ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently known as a mini-split heat pump since it moves heating and cooling, instead of making it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right model for your house may appear like a large task, but our heating and cooling experts at Age Heating & Cooling can help. We’ll start with a no-obligation meeting to hear about your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.
Here’s about how much you can plan to be responsible for when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.
Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most often used sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool an estimated 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 expenses for common home improvement work.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will differ based on the model you go with and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other additional costs could include:
- 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 needed 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 qualified systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We advise chatting with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Sandpoint also typically offer rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to ensure you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although purchasing a mini-split is usually costlier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient way to heat and cool tricky spots in your residence. These include:
- Areas you aren’t in very regularly.
- Spaces with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends installing mini-splits in houses with atypical challenges, like:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either because of high fuel costs or decreased efficiency.
- Older homes 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 have exact control over temps from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the right model to expertly installing it, our specialists at Age Heating & Cooling can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 208-603-2210 right away to learn how a mini-split system can make your residence cozier and to get your free estimate!