Rooms that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a current system may be costly. And that added square footage could just be too big for your home comfort equipment to take on, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great option for these rooms since it doesn’t require ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically known as a mini-split heat pump since it moves heating and cooling, as opposed to generating it. Because of this, mini-splits are very 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 Luikart Heating & Cooling can offer assistance. We’ll begin with a no-obligation appointment to review your needs before giving you 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 anticipate to spend when you’re installing 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 approximately 450–550 square feet, or roughly the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the usual mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for common home improvement work.
Your total mini-split installation cost will vary based on the model you choose and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other additional costs could include:
- Installing a concrete area for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This may be needed if you have an older house.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Getting an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can make you eligible for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for select systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We suggest chatting with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Newark also usually have rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to confirm you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although purchasing a mini-split is usually pricier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient way to heat and cool difficult parts of your home. These include:
- Areas you don’t use very frequently.
- Rooms with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends installing mini-splits in residences with special challenges, such as:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either due to high fuel prices or low efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork due to radiator or baseboard heat.
When compared to 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 exact control over settings from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the best model to knowledgeably installing it, our specialists at Luikart Heating & Cooling can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 740-344-5497 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your home more comfortable and to get your free estimate!