Areas that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a current system could be pricey. And that additional square footage could just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to handle, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great option for these rooms because it doesn’t require ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically called a mini-split heat pump as it shifts heating and cooling, instead of making it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with many reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right model for your home may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Halverson Brothers Inc can offer assistance. We’ll get started with a no-obligation appointment to go over your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also review 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 buying a ductless mini-split.
Average Mini-Split Installation Cost
One of the most frequently installed sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool about 450–550 square feet, or roughly the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the typical mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for typical home improvement projects.
Your total mini-split installation cost will be different based on the type you choose and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other extra costs might entail:
- Installing a concrete area 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 home.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Getting 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 house through December 31, 2021. We advise consulting with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Menomonie and western Wisconsin also typically give rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to make sure you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although getting a mini-split is typically more expensive than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient approach to heat and cool tricky spots in your home. These involve:
- Areas you don’t use very often.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests installing mini-splits in residences with unique challenges, including:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either due to high fuel costs or reduced efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.
In comparison to traditional 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 temperatures from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the right model to knowledgeably installing it, our professionals at Halverson Brothers Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 715-352-4052 today to discover how a mini-split system can make your home more comfortable and to get your free estimate!