Spaces that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a present system can be expensive. And that added area might just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to handle, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a wise solution for these spaces since it doesn’t require ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often known as a mini-split heat pump as it moves heating and cooling, as opposed to creating it. Because of that, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right model for your home may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Lakeside Heating & Air can provide support. We’ll start with a no-obligation meeting to go over your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.
Here’s about how much you can plan to be responsible for 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 around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for common home improvement jobs.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will be different based on the kind you choose and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other added costs could entail:
- Installing a concrete pad for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This may be required if you have an older residence.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Installing an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can give you access to valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for eligible systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We suggest consulting with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Chelan and Wenatchee also typically give rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to confirm you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although installing a mini-split is usually pricier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient approach to heat and cool troublesome parts of your residence. These include:
- Areas you don’t use very frequently.
- Areas with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests having mini-splits in houses with unique challenges, like:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either due to high fuel costs or low efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork because 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 have precise control over temperatures from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the ideal model to expertly installing it, our pros at Lakeside Heating & Air can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 509-284-4265 today to learn how a mini-split system can make your house comfier and to receive your free estimate!