Rooms that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system may be pricey. And that extra area may 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 great solution for these areas because it doesn’t need 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 shifts heating and cooling, instead of creating it. Because of that, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with most reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right model for your home may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling experts at Home Furniture, Plumbing & Heating can help. We’ll begin with a no-obligation appointment to discuss your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might be able to take advantage of.
Here’s about how much you can plan to pay when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Estimated 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 about the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the average mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for common home improvement jobs.
Your total mini-split installation cost will be different based on the model you select and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other additional costs could entail:
- Installing a concrete pad for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This could be required if you have an older house.
Will a New Mini-Split|Do Mini-Splits|Can a High Efficiency Mini-Split} Receive a Tax Credit?
Installing an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can qualify you for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for certain systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We recommend talking with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Kankakee also typically have rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to ensure you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Is Installing a Mini-Split Worth the Cost?
Although buying a mini-split is often pricier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient approach to heat and cool troublesome areas in your house. These can be:
- Areas you don’t use very frequently.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends using mini-splits in houses with special challenges, including:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either as a result of high fuel prices or low efficiency.
- Older residences that don’t have ductwork because of radiator or baseboard heat.
When compared to 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 exact control over temps from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the best model to knowledgeably installing it, our pros at Home Furniture, Plumbing & Heating can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 815-933-8213 now to discover how a mini-split system can make your home comfier and to receive your free estimate!