Rooms that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a current system could be expensive. And that extra space may just be too large for your home comfort equipment to take on, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great solution for these spaces as it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often called a mini-split heat pump because it moves heating and cooling, instead of creating it. As a result, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right model for your house may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling professionals at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services can provide support. We’ll start with a no-obligation meeting to discuss your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.
Here’s about how much you can plan to pay when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.
Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most often used sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool approximately 450–550 square feet, or roughly 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 expenses for typical home improvement work.
Your total mini-split installation cost will differ based on the type you select and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other additional 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 might be required if you have an older house.
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 qualified systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We advise talking with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Hudsonville also often have rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to confirm you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although purchasing a mini-split is often pricier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient approach to heat and cool troublesome spots in your house. These include:
- Spaces you aren’t in very regularly.
- Rooms with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests using mini-splits in homes with special challenges, like:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either due to high fuel expenses or decreased efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.
In comparison to more common 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 get exact control over temperatures from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the right model to professionally installing it, our professionals at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at (616) 319-1436 right away to learn how a mini-split system can make your home more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!