Spaces without ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a current system may be pricey. And that extra square footage may 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 wise idea for these areas because it doesn’t need ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically called a mini-split heat pump since it moves heating and cooling, rather than making it. As a result, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the correct kind for your home might appear overwhelming, but our heating and cooling professionals at Speedy Air Conditioning can offer assistance. We’ll start with a zero-pressure meeting to hear about 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 pay when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most popular 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 typical mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for usual home improvement projects.
Your total mini-split installation cost will differ based on the kind you select and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by 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 could be needed if you have an older home.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Getting an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can qualify you for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for eligible systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We suggest talking with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Naples also usually have 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 purchasing a mini-split is typically pricier than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient way to heat and cool tricky areas in your home. These can be:
- Areas you don’t visit very often.
- Areas with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests installing mini-splits in houses with unique challenges, including:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either due to high fuel expenses or reduced efficiency.
- Older homes 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 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 Speedy Air Conditioning can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 239-244-3439 today to find out how a mini-split system can make your house more comfortable and to get your free estimate!