Rooms that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from an existing system can be costly. And that added square footage might just be too large for your home comfort equipment to handle, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a wise option for these areas as it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This comprehensive 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 shifts heating and cooling, instead of generating it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with many achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right model for your house may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling professionals at Tokay can offer assistance. We’ll start with a no-obligation consultation to go over your needs before offering you 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 expect to pay when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.
Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation
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 around the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the usual mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for usual home improvement projects.
Your total mini-split installation cost will vary based on the model you select and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other extra costs could include:
- 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 home.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Installing an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can give you access to valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for select systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We advise chatting with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Lodi also often have rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate 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 usually costlier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient method to heat and cool tricky areas in your home. These involve:
- Areas you don’t visit very often.
- Rooms with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends using mini-splits in houses with atypical challenges, like:
- 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 get precise control over settings from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the best model to knowledgeably installing it, our professionals at Tokay can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 209-257-3156 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your home more comfortable and to request your free estimate!