Areas that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a present system may be pricey. And that extra space 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 great idea for these rooms because it doesn’t require ductwork. This all-in-one 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 as it moves heating and cooling, in place of generating it. Because of that, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with the majority reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right model for your home may appear like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Street Heating and Cooling can help. We’ll start with a no-obligation meeting to hear about 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 plan to spend when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.
Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most popular 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 typical mini-split cost for this size is around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for typical home improvement projects.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will be different based on the model you go with and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other extra costs could 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 necessary if you have an older house.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Installing an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can make you eligible for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for certain systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We recommend chatting with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Rapid City also typically give rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to ensure you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although installing a mini-split is often more expensive than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient way to heat and cool tricky areas in your home. These involve:
- Rooms you aren’t in very regularly.
- Areas with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also advises installing mini-splits in houses with atypical challenges, including:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either as a result of high fuel costs or low efficiency.
- Older residences that don’t have ductwork because 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 more accurage 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 Street Heating and Cooling can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 605-206-3915 right away to find out how a mini-split system can make your house more comfortable and to get your free estimate!