Spaces that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a current system may be expensive. And that additional space might just be too large for your home comfort equipment to take on, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart idea for these rooms as it doesn’t require ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often called a mini-split heat pump since it moves heating and cooling, as opposed to making it. Because of this, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the appropriate kind for your residence can appear like a large task, but our heating and cooling professionals at J.L. Brady Company LLC can provide support. We’ll begin with a zero-pressure meeting to review 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 plan to spend when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most frequently installed 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 usual mini-split cost for this size is around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for typical home improvement jobs.
Your total mini-split installation cost will differ based on the type you go with and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other added costs might include:
- 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 home.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Getting 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 home through December 31, 2021. We advise chatting with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Moline also usually offer rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to confirm you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although buying a mini-split is often costlier than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient approach to heat and cool difficult rooms in your residence. These include:
- Rooms you aren’t in very frequently.
- Rooms with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends having mini-splits in houses with unique challenges, such as:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either as a result of high fuel costs or low efficiency.
- Older residences 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 get more accurage control over settings from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Pros Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the ideal model to knowledgeably installing it, our professionals at J.L. Brady Company LLC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 309-517-7511 today to discover how a mini-split system can make your house more comfortable and to get your free estimate!