Areas that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a current system may be expensive. And that additional area could just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to handle, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart option for these spaces since it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often referred to as a mini-split heat pump as it shifts heating and cooling, as opposed to creating it. Because of that, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right model for your home may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling experts at Airmax Long Island can offer assistance. We’ll start with a no-obligation consultation 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 pay when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.
Average Mini-Split Installation Cost
One of the most often used sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool an estimated 450–550 square feet, or about 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 expenses for typical home improvement jobs.
Your total mini-split installation cost will differ based on the model you go with and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other additional 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 may be needed if you have an older house.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Installing 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 recommend talking with your tax professional for more info.
Energy companies in Long Island also typically have rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to make sure you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although installing a mini-split is often more expensive than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient approach to heat and cool tricky areas in your home. These can be:
- Rooms you don’t visit very often.
- Spaces with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also recommends having mini-splits in residences with special challenges, such as:
- Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Pricey central heat, either as a result of high fuel costs or low efficiency.
- Older residences that don’t have ductwork due to radiator or baseboard heat.
In comparison 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 have exact control over temps from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you pick the ideal model to professionally installing it, our specialists at Airmax Long Island can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 631-737-5566 now to learn how a mini-split system can make your residence cozier and to get your free estimate!