Areas without ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a present system may be costly. And that added area may just be too large for your home comfort equipment to handle, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great solution for these rooms as it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often called a mini-split heat pump because it shifts heating and cooling, rather than creating it. As a result, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with many achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the appropriate type for your house can feel like a big task, but our heating and cooling pros at Halverson Brothers Inc can provide support. We’ll start with a no-pressure meeting to go over your needs before offering you 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 anticipate to be responsible for when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most popular 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 costs for usual home improvement projects.
Your exact mini-split installation cost will vary based on the model you choose and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other additional costs could include:
- Installing a concrete slab 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 make you eligible for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for eligible systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We recommend talking with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Menomonie and western Wisconsin also typically give 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 installing a mini-split is usually more expensive than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient approach to heat and cool troublesome rooms in your home. These involve:
- Areas you don’t use very often.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends installing mini-splits in houses 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 residences that don’t have ductwork because 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 enjoy exact control over settings from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the ideal model to expertly installing it, our professionals at Halverson Brothers Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 715-352-4052 right away to learn how a mini-split system can make your house cozier and to request your free estimate!