Spaces that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a current system can be pricey. And that added area might 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 wise idea for these spaces as it doesn’t need ductwork. This combined 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 as it shifts heating and cooling, instead of generating it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right model for your house may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling experts at Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning can offer assistance. We’ll start with a no-obligation consultation to hear about your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.
Here’s about how much you can expect to spend when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.
Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation
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 about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for usual home improvement projects.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will differ based on the model you go with and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other extra costs could include:
- Installing a concrete pad 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 house.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Installing an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can make you eligible for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for certain systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We suggest talking with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Northglenn also typically give rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to ensure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although buying a mini-split is often more expensive than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient approach to heat and cool tricky spots in your residence. These can be:
- Spaces you don’t visit very regularly.
- Areas with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends having mini-splits in houses with unique challenges, like:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either because of high fuel costs or low efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork because of radiator or baseboard heat.
In contrast with 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 enjoy exact control over temps from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the ideal model to knowledgeably installing it, our specialists at Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 303-452-4146 right away to discover how a mini-split system can make your residence more comfortable and to request your free estimate!