Areas that lack ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a present system can be costly. And that additional square footage may just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to manage, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great option for these spaces since it doesn’t need ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently referred to as a mini-split heat pump since it moves heating and cooling, in place of generating it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the appropriate model for your home may seem like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling specialists at Kapaun & Brown Inc. can offer assistance. We’ll start with a zero-pressure consultation to hear about your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might be able to take advantage of.
Here’s about how much you can expect to pay 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 about the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the typical mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for typical home improvement projects.
Your total mini-split installation cost will vary based on the model you go with and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other added costs could include:
- 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 needed if you have an older home.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Getting an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can qualify you for 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 details.
Energy companies in Marshalltown also typically have rebates for installing 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 buying a mini-split is usually more expensive than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient approach to heat and cool tricky parts of your house. These include:
- Spaces you don’t visit very frequently.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends using mini-splits in homes with special challenges, such as:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either because of high fuel expenses or reduced efficiency.
- Older residences that don’t have ductwork as a result 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 exact control over temps from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the ideal model to professionally installing it, our specialists at Kapaun & Brown Inc. can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 641-812-2028 right away to learn how a mini-split system can make your house comfier and to get your free estimate!