Areas that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a current system may be costly. And that added area could just be too large for your home comfort equipment to manage, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a great solution for these rooms 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 because it shifts heating and cooling, instead of generating it. Because of that, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.
Selecting the right model for your house may seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling experts at Ilten's can provide support. We’ll begin with a no-obligation consultation to review your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.
Here’s about how much you can plan to pay when you’re getting 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 about 450–550 square feet, or around 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 costs for common home improvement work.
Your total mini-split installation cost will differ based on the kind you go with and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other additional costs could involve:
- 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 necessary if you have an older home.
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 select systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We suggest talking with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Cedar Rapids also usually give 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 purchasing a mini-split is usually costlier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient way to heat and cool troublesome rooms in your home. These can be:
- Spaces you don’t visit very often.
- Rooms with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests using mini-splits in residences with atypical challenges, like:
- Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either because of high fuel expenses or decreased efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork due to radiator or baseboard heat.
In contrast with 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, because of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Specialists Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you choose the best model to expertly installing it, our professionals at Ilten's can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 319-208-2351 right away to discover how a mini-split system can make your residence comfier and to get your free estimate!