Areas that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system can be costly. And that added area might just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to take on, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a wise solution for these rooms because it doesn’t need ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often known as a mini-split heat pump as it moves heating and cooling, rather than generating it. As a result, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right model for your house may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Colvin's Heating and Cooling can help. We’ll get started with a no-obligation consultation to discuss your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also review 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 installing a ductless mini-split.
Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most often installed 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 usual mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for usual home improvement work.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will vary based on the kind you go with and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other added costs might involve:
- Installing a concrete area for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This may be required 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 qualified systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We suggest talking with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Excelsior Springs also typically give rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to ensure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although installing a mini-split is often pricier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient method to heat and cool tricky spots in your house. These can be:
- Rooms you don’t visit very often.
- Spaces with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests installing mini-splits in houses with unique challenges, including:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either because of high fuel costs or decreased efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.
When compared to traditional 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 enjoy precise control over settings from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the right model to knowledgeably installing it, our professionals at Colvin's Heating and Cooling can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 816-379-3918 today to find out how a mini-split system can make your residence comfier and to request your free estimate!