Rooms without ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a present system could be expensive. And that extra area could just be too large for your home comfort equipment to take on, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart solution for these spaces since 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 typically known as a mini-split heat pump as it moves heating and cooling, rather than creating it. Because of this, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Choosing the right kind for your home could appear overwhelming, but our heating and cooling pros at Street Heating and Cooling can help. We’ll begin with a no-obligation consultation to hear about your needs before giving 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 plan to spend when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.
Average 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 roughly the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the average mini-split cost for this size is around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for common home improvement projects.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will vary based on the type you select and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other added costs might entail:
- Installing a concrete area 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 house.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Buying an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can qualify you for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for certain systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We suggest talking with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Rapid City also usually offer rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to make sure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although getting a mini-split is often pricier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient method to heat and cool difficult parts of your residence. These involve:
- Areas you don’t use very often.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends installing mini-splits in homes with atypical challenges, including:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either due to high fuel prices or decreased efficiency.
- Older residences that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.
In comparison 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 get more accurage control over temperatures from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the ideal model to knowledgeably installing it, our specialists at Street Heating and Cooling can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 605-206-3915 now to learn how a mini-split system can make your residence more comfortable and to get your free estimate!