Areas that lack ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from an existing system could be expensive. And that additional square footage might just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to handle, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart solution for these areas as it doesn’t need ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically called a mini-split heat pump since it moves heating and cooling, rather than creating it. Because of that, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the appropriate model for your home could appear like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at Integrity AC & Heating LLC can provide support. We’ll begin with a zero-obligation appointment to discuss your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might be able to take advantage of.
Here’s about how much you can expect to spend when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.
Average 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 around the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the typical mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for common home improvement jobs.
Your precise mini-split installation cost will differ based on the model you choose and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other added costs could entail:
- Installing a concrete slab 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 residence.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Installing an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can qualify you for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for qualified systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We advise chatting with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Phoenix also often give rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to ensure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although getting a mini-split is often pricier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient way to heat and cool difficult parts of your house. These involve:
- Spaces you don’t use very regularly.
- Locations with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests installing mini-splits in houses with special challenges, including:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Expensive central heat, either due to high fuel expenses or decreased efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork because of radiator or baseboard heat.
In contrast with 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 have exact control over temps from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the right model to professionally installing it, our specialists at Integrity AC & Heating LLC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 602-971-0567 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your home more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!