Rooms that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a present system could be pricey. And that extra area may 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 wise solution for these areas because 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 transfers heating and cooling, rather than creating it. Because of that, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with most reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right model for your house may appear like a large task, but our heating and cooling experts at GV Heating & Air can offer assistance. We’ll start with a no-obligation meeting to review your needs before giving 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 expect to be responsible for when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.
Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most often 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 usual mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for usual home improvement projects.
Your precise 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 involve:
- 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 residence.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Buying 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 house through December 31, 2021. We recommend consulting with your tax professional for more information.
Energy companies in Crystal and Twin Cities also typically give rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to ensure you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although installing a mini-split is typically more expensive than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient approach to heat and cool tricky areas in your home. These include:
- Areas you aren’t in very frequently.
- Rooms with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests having mini-splits in residences with special challenges, including:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either as a result of high fuel prices or decreased efficiency.
- Older residences that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.
When compared 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 Pros Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the right model to professionally installing it, our pros at GV Heating & Air can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 763-535-2000 today to discover how a mini-split system can make your home comfier and to get your free estimate!