Spaces that lack ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from an existing system may be expensive. And that extra space might just be too large for your home comfort equipment to manage, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart solution for these spaces since it doesn’t require ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically referred to as a mini-split heat pump as it transfers heating and cooling, instead of creating it. As a result, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right type for your house can seem like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling professionals at Air Commander's Heating & Air Conditioning Co. can provide support. We’ll begin with a zero-pressure consultation to discuss your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.
Here’s about how much you can plan to be responsible for when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most frequently 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 approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for usual home improvement jobs.
Your total mini-split installation cost will be different based on the type you select and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other extra costs may include:
- Installing a concrete pad for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This could be needed 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 recommend talking with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Haines City also often give rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to ensure you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although installing a mini-split is usually pricier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient approach to heat and cool difficult rooms in your house. These can be:
- Rooms you don’t visit very regularly.
- Spaces with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends installing mini-splits in houses with special challenges, such as:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either due to high fuel prices or reduced efficiency.
- Older residences that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.
When compared 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 enjoy 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 select the best model to expertly installing it, our specialists at Air Commander's Heating & Air Conditioning Co. can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 863-216-2923 right away to find out how a mini-split system can make your home more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!