Spaces that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system could be costly. And that additional area might just be too sizeable 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 as it doesn’t need ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often called a mini-split heat pump as it shifts heating and cooling, instead of creating it. As a result, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right model for your home may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling professionals at Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning can help. We’ll start with a no-obligation meeting to hear about your needs before giving you 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 expect to be responsible for 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 about 450–550 square feet, or roughly 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 expenses for common home improvement projects.
Your total mini-split installation cost will be different based on the model you select and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other additional costs may entail:
- 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 necessary if you have an older house.
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 certain systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We advise talking with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Savage also often have rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to confirm you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although buying a mini-split is usually costlier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient method to heat and cool difficult areas in your residence. These include:
- Spaces you don’t visit very regularly.
- Areas with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests installing mini-splits in residences with special challenges, like:
- Expensive 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 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 precise 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 right model to professionally installing it, our pros at Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 952-373-0377 right away to find out how a mini-split system can make your home comfier and to receive your free estimate!