Areas that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a current system could be expensive. And that additional square footage might just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to handle, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart idea for these rooms as it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically referred to as a mini-split heat pump as it moves heating and cooling, rather than making it. Because of that, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the appropriate type for your house can appear like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling pros at Select Comfort Systems Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We’ll start with a zero-obligation consultation to discuss your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.
Here’s about how much you can expect to spend when you’re installing 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 an estimated 450–550 square feet, or about the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the average mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for common home improvement projects.
Your total mini-split installation cost will be different 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 necessary if you have an older home.
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 qualified systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We advise consulting with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in West Valley City also usually offer rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to make sure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although installing a mini-split is typically costlier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient method to heat and cool troublesome spots in your house. These can be:
- Spaces you don’t use very often.
- Areas with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends having mini-splits in residences with special challenges, like:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either due to high fuel costs or reduced efficiency.
- Older houses that don’t have ductwork because of 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 have exact control over temperatures from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the ideal model to expertly installing it, our pros at Select Comfort Systems Heating & Air Conditioning can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 801-305-4777 today to discover how a mini-split system can make your house cozier and to receive your free estimate!