How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Areas without ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a present system could be pricey. And that additional square footage could just be too big for your home comfort equipment to manage, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great idea for these areas as it doesn’t require ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently known as a mini-split heat pump since it moves heating and cooling, instead of generating it. Because of that, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® certification.

Choosing the right kind for your home can seem like a big task, but our heating and cooling professionals at House of Heating Incorporated can offer assistance. We’ll start with a no-pressure appointment to review your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might be able to take advantage of.

Here’s about how much you can plan to spend when you’re buying 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 approximately 450–550 square feet, or around the size of a studio apartment.

With professional installation, the typical mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for usual home improvement projects.

Your exact mini-split installation cost will differ based on the type you go with and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other added costs may 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 necessary if you have an older house.

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 qualified systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We advise chatting with your tax professional for more info.

Energy companies in Marshfield also usually give rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to ensure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although purchasing a mini-split is typically costlier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient way to heat and cool troublesome areas in your house. These can be:

  • Additions.
  • Garages.
  • Sunrooms.
  • Rooms you don’t use very often.
  • Rooms with hot and cold spots.

ENERGY STAR also recommends using mini-splits in houses with atypical challenges, including:

  • Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Costly central heat, either because of high fuel expenses or low efficiency.
  • Older homes that don’t have ductwork as a result of 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 more accurage control over settings from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.

Our Specialists Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you pick the right model to professionally installing it, our professionals at House of Heating Incorporated can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 715-384-3163 today to find out how a mini-split system can make your residence cozier and to receive your free estimate!