Spaces without ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a current system could be costly. And that added square footage might just be too large for your home comfort equipment to handle, 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 typically called a mini-split heat pump since it transfers heating and cooling, in place of generating it. As a result, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right kind for your home may feel like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling pros at Luikart Heating & Cooling can offer assistance. We’ll get started with a no-pressure appointment to hear about your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.
Here’s about how much you can expect to pay when you’re getting 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 about 450–550 square feet, or roughly the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the typical mini-split cost for this size is around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for common home improvement work.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will vary based on the type you go with and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other extra costs may involve:
- Installing a concrete slab for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This might be required if you have an older home.
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 qualified systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We recommend talking with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Newark also often have rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out 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 typically pricier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient way to heat and cool troublesome rooms in your home. These include:
- Areas you don’t visit very often.
- Areas with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests using mini-splits in homes with special challenges, including:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either due to high fuel prices or reduced efficiency.
- Older houses 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 have exact control over temperatures from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the right model to expertly installing it, our pros at Luikart Heating & Cooling can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 740-200-5591 now to learn how a mini-split system can make your home cozier and to receive your free estimate!