Areas that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from an existing system may be pricey. And that extra space could just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to manage, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart solution for these rooms because it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This comprehensive 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 because it shifts heating and cooling, as opposed to making it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the correct kind for your home could seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating can offer assistance. We’ll start with a no-obligation consultation to review your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.
Here’s about how much you can anticipate to spend when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.
Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most often used 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 prices for common home improvement jobs.
Your total mini-split installation cost will differ based on the type you choose and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other added costs may involve:
- 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 required if you have an older residence.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Getting 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 residence through December 31, 2021. We recommend talking with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Los Angeles also typically offer rebates for installing 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 getting a mini-split is usually more expensive than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient method to heat and cool difficult areas in your home. These involve:
- Rooms you aren’t in very frequently.
- Areas with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends having mini-splits in homes with unique challenges, such as:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either due to high fuel prices or low efficiency.
- Older houses 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 settings from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the best model to knowledgeably installing it, our pros at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 800-296-5088 today to learn how a mini-split system can make your home comfier and to receive your free estimate!