Rooms that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a current system can be pricey. And that additional square footage might just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to manage, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a wise idea for these areas as it doesn’t require ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often known as a mini-split heat pump since it moves heating and cooling, instead of creating it. Because of this, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with most reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the appropriate model for your home can appear like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling pros at Clean Air HVAC can offer assistance. We’ll start with a zero-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 eligible for.
Here’s about how much you can anticipate to pay when you’re getting 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 an estimated 450–550 square feet, or roughly 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 prices for common home improvement projects.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will be different based on the model you choose and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other added 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?
Buying an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can qualify you for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for select systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We advise talking with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Pacheco also often offer rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to make sure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although getting a mini-split is often costlier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient method to heat and cool troublesome areas in your residence. These involve:
- Rooms you aren’t in very frequently.
- Spaces with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends installing mini-splits in homes with atypical challenges, like:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either because of high fuel prices or low efficiency.
- Older residences that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.
In comparison 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 get precise control over settings from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the ideal model to knowledgeably installing it, our pros at Clean Air HVAC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 925-233-6238 right away to learn how a mini-split system can make your house more comfortable and to request your free estimate!