Rooms that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a present system may be costly. And that added space may just be too big for your home comfort equipment to take on, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great option for these areas 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 frequently known as a mini-split heat pump since it transfers heating and cooling, as opposed to making it. Because of this, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right model for your house may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling professionals at Luikart Heating & Cooling can provide support. We’ll start with a no-obligation consultation to go over 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 spend when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Average Mini-Split Installation Cost
One of the most often used 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 costs for common home improvement projects.
Your total mini-split installation cost will differ based on the model you choose and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other added costs could include:
- 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 necessary if you have an older home.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Buying 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 advise chatting with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Newark also typically give rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to make sure you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although installing a mini-split is usually pricier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient way to heat and cool difficult areas in your house. These can be:
- Spaces you aren’t in very frequently.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends using mini-splits in residences with unique challenges, like:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either because of high fuel prices or reduced 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 have more accurage control over settings from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the ideal model to expertly installing it, our professionals at Luikart Heating & Cooling can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 740-200-5591 right away to learn how a mini-split system can make your home cozier and to receive your free estimate!