Areas that lack ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system could be costly. And that additional area may just be too large for your home comfort equipment to handle, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great idea for these areas as it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently referred to as a mini-split heat pump since it shifts heating and cooling, in place of creating it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right type for your residence could appear like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. can provide support. We’ll start with a zero-pressure meeting to review your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.
Here’s about how much you can anticipate to pay when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.
Average Mini-Split Installation Cost
One of the most frequently installed 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 average mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for typical home improvement jobs.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will be different based on the model you go with and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other extra costs might include:
- Installing a concrete slab for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This could be required if you have an older residence.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Buying an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can give you access to valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for eligible systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We recommend consulting with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Northglenn also usually give rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to confirm you have 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 an extremely efficient method to heat and cool difficult areas in your home. These can be:
- Areas you aren’t in very frequently.
- Rooms with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also advises installing mini-splits in houses with atypical challenges, including:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either due to high fuel costs or decreased efficiency.
- Older residences that don’t have ductwork because of radiator or baseboard heat.
In comparison 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, because of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the ideal model to knowledgeably installing it, our specialists at Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 303-452-4146 today to discover how a mini-split system can make your residence cozier and to receive your free estimate!