How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Areas that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system may be pricey. And that additional square footage could just be too big for your home comfort equipment to take on, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a wise idea for these areas since it doesn’t need ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically known as a mini-split heat pump because it moves heating and cooling, in place of making it. As a result, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® certification.

Selecting the correct type for your home can appear like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling specialists at Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC can provide support. We’ll get started with a no-pressure meeting to discuss your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might be able to take advantage of.

Here’s about how much you can plan to pay when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.

Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation

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 roughly 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 expenses for typical home improvement work.

Your total mini-split installation cost will be different based on the model you choose and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other additional costs could 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?

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 residence through December 31, 2021. We recommend chatting with your tax professional for more info.

Energy companies in Ellsworth also typically offer 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 getting a mini-split is typically more expensive than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient way to heat and cool difficult rooms in your house. These involve:

  • Additions.
  • Garages.
  • Sunrooms.
  • Spaces you aren’t in very regularly.
  • Locations with hot and cold spots.

ENERGY STAR also advises using mini-splits in residences with unique challenges, including:

  • Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Expensive central heat, either because of high fuel expenses or reduced efficiency.
  • Older residences that don’t have ductwork due to radiator or baseboard heat.

In contrast with traditional 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, due to zoned mini-split technology.

Our Specialists Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you select the best model to knowledgeably installing it, our specialists at Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 715-318-6728 now to discover how a mini-split system can make your home comfier and to get your free estimate!