Areas that lack ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a present system could be expensive. And that extra area could just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to take on, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great solution for these spaces because it doesn’t need ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically known as a mini-split heat pump since it transfers heating and cooling, as opposed to generating it. As a result, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with most reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the correct model for your house may appear like a large task, but our heating and cooling professionals at Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc can offer assistance. We’ll start with a no-pressure appointment to go over your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.
Here’s about how much you can anticipate to be responsible for when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.
Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation
One of the most frequently installed sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool an estimated 450–550 square feet, or around the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the average mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for usual home improvement jobs.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will differ based on the model you select and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other added costs might entail:
- 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 home.
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 house through December 31, 2021. We recommend chatting with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Wisconsin Rapids also typically offer rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to make sure you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although buying a mini-split is often more expensive than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient way to heat and cool tricky spots in your residence. These involve:
- Areas you don’t visit very regularly.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests using mini-splits in residences with atypical challenges, like:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either due to high fuel expenses or low efficiency.
- Older residences that don’t have ductwork due to 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 precise control over temperatures from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the best model to expertly installing it, our professionals at Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 715-301-0256 today to discover how a mini-split system can make your home comfier and to receive your free estimate!