Spaces that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a present system can be costly. And that added space might just be too large for your home comfort equipment to handle, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart idea for these spaces because it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This combined 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 as it shifts heating and cooling, rather than creating it. As a result, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right model for your residence may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling experts at AC Sales can provide support. We’ll get started with a no-obligation meeting to discuss your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.
Here’s about how much you can plan to pay when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation
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 approximately $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 type you select and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other added costs might include:
- Installing a concrete area for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This might be needed if you have an older home.
Will a New Mini-Split|Do Mini-Splits|Can a High Efficiency Mini-Split} Qualify for Any Tax Credits?
Getting an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can qualify you for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for eligible systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We recommend consulting with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Lafayette also typically offer rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to make sure you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Price?
Although installing a mini-split is usually pricier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient method to heat and cool tricky parts of your residence. These can be:
- Spaces you don’t use very often.
- Areas with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests installing mini-splits in homes with special challenges, such as:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either because of high fuel costs or reduced efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork because of radiator or baseboard heat.
In contrast with 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 enjoy precise control over temps from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the right model to expertly installing it, our professionals at AC Sales can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at (337) 234-2345 today to find out how a mini-split system can make your home more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!