Areas that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a present system may be expensive. And that added square footage 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 option for these areas since it doesn’t need ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often referred to as a mini-split heat pump as it transfers heating and cooling, as opposed to making it. Because of this, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with many reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right kind for your home could appear overwhelming, but our heating and cooling pros at A&M Heating & Cooling LLC can provide support. We’ll begin with a zero-obligation consultation to learn about your needs before giving 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 anticipate to spend when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.
Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most often used sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool an estimated 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 costs for usual home improvement work.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will differ based on the kind you choose and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other added costs could entail:
- Installing a concrete slab 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?
Installing an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can make you eligible for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for select systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We suggest consulting with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Tucson also typically give rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to ensure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although purchasing a mini-split is often more expensive than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient method to heat and cool tricky rooms in your residence. These include:
- Rooms you don’t visit very often.
- Spaces with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also advises installing mini-splits in homes with atypical challenges, including:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either due to high fuel expenses or reduced efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.
In contrast with 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 more accurage control over temps from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the ideal model to knowledgeably installing it, our professionals at A&M Heating & Cooling LLC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 520-200-1048 today to find out how a mini-split system can make your residence cozier and to request your free estimate!