Spaces that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a present system may be costly. And that extra area could just be too big for your home comfort equipment to take on, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a wise idea for these spaces since it doesn’t require ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often known as a mini-split heat pump as it transfers heating and cooling, rather than generating it. As a result, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with most reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right model for your home may appear like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at Street Heating and Cooling can offer assistance. We’ll begin with a no-obligation meeting to discuss your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.
Here’s about how much you can expect to be responsible for when you’re installing 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 roughly the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the average mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for typical home improvement work.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will vary based on the kind you go with and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other added costs may involve:
- 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 needed if you have an older residence.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Installing 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 chatting with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Rapid City also usually have rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to make sure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although buying a mini-split is often costlier than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient way to heat and cool difficult rooms in your home. These include:
- Areas you don’t visit very often.
- Areas with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends having mini-splits in residences with special challenges, like:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either because of high fuel prices or decreased efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork due to 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 exact control over settings from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the best model to expertly installing it, our specialists at Street Heating and Cooling can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 605-206-3915 now to discover how a mini-split system can make your home more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!