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. Lengthening ductwork from a current system can be expensive. And that extra square footage may just be too big for your home comfort equipment to handle, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a wise option 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 known as a mini-split heat pump as it transfers heating and cooling, rather than creating it. As a result, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with many reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.

Selecting the correct type for your residence may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling professionals at Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc can provide support. We’ll start with a no-obligation meeting 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 anticipate 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 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 around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for usual home improvement projects.

Your exact mini-split installation cost will be different based on the type you select and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other extra costs could include:

  • 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 required if you have an older house.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Buying an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can make you eligible for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for eligible systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We suggest talking with your tax professional for more information.

Energy companies in Circleville also typically offer rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to make sure you have 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 standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient method to heat and cool troublesome parts of your home. These can be:

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

ENERGY STAR also advises having mini-splits in homes with special challenges, such as:

  • Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Costly central heat, either because of high fuel prices or decreased efficiency.
  • Older houses that don’t have ductwork because of 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 temps from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.

Our Professionals Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you pick the ideal model to knowledgeably installing it, our pros at Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 740-474-5940 now to discover how a mini-split system can make your home more comfortable and to get your free estimate!