Areas that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a present system may be costly. And that added square footage could just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to handle, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart idea for these spaces as it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often called a mini-split heat pump as it transfers heating and cooling, rather than generating it. Because of that, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right model for your house may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating can offer assistance. We’ll begin with a no-obligation appointment to review your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.
Here’s about how much you can expect to be responsible for when you’re getting 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 approximately 450–550 square feet, or about the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the typical mini-split cost for this size is around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for common home improvement jobs.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will differ based on the model you select and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other added costs might 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 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 advise consulting with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Los Angeles also often have rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to confirm you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although purchasing a mini-split is usually more expensive than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient method to heat and cool troublesome rooms in your residence. These involve:
- Spaces you don’t visit very frequently.
- Rooms with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends using mini-splits in houses with atypical challenges, including:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either as a result of high fuel prices or reduced efficiency.
- Older houses 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 precise control over settings from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the best model to professionally installing it, our professionals at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 800-296-5088 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your house cozier and to receive your free estimate!