How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

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 present system could be expensive. And that extra area may just be too large for your home comfort equipment to take on, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a smart solution for these spaces because it doesn’t require ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically called a mini-split heat pump because it moves heating and cooling, as opposed to creating it. Because of that, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with many achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Selecting the appropriate model for your residence may appear like a large task, but our heating and cooling professionals at Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. can help. We’ll start with a no-obligation meeting to discuss 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 expect to spend when you’re getting 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 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 about $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 choose and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other additional costs could include:

  • 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 home.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Getting 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 home through December 31, 2021. We advise consulting with your tax professional for more details.

Energy companies in Branchville also often have rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to confirm you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although purchasing a mini-split is typically pricier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient method to heat and cool troublesome parts of your house. These involve:

  • Additions.
  • Garages.
  • Sunrooms.
  • Areas you don’t visit very regularly.
  • Rooms with hot and cold spots.

ENERGY STAR also advises installing mini-splits in homes with unique challenges, like:

  • Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Expensive central heat, either as a result of high fuel prices or reduced efficiency.
  • Older residences that don’t have ductwork due to 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 enjoy exact control over settings from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.

Our Professionals Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you select the ideal model to knowledgeably installing it, our pros at Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 862-345-6896 right away to learn how a mini-split system can make your house cozier and to request your free estimate!