Spaces that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system could be expensive. And that additional area could just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to handle, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great option for these spaces because 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 typically known as a mini-split heat pump as it transfers heating and cooling, in place of making it. Because of this, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right model for your home may appear like a large task, but our heating and cooling experts at Kilbourne Heating & AC can provide support. We’ll begin with a no-obligation consultation to hear 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 anticipate to spend when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most often installed sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool an estimated 450–550 square feet, or roughly 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 costs for typical home improvement projects.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will differ based on the type you go with and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other extra 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 might be necessary if you have an older residence.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Buying an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can give you access to valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for qualified systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We advise consulting with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Delray Beach also often offer rebates for installing 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 installing a mini-split is often pricier than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient way to heat and cool troublesome parts of your home. These involve:
- Rooms you don’t visit very regularly.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends installing mini-splits in houses with unique challenges, like:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either because of high fuel prices or low efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork because of radiator or baseboard heat.
In contrast with 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 get more accurage control over settings from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the best model to professionally installing it, our professionals at Kilbourne Heating & AC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 561-287-7071 right away to find out how a mini-split system can make your residence cozier and to get your free estimate!