How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Areas that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from an existing system can be costly. And that additional square footage may just be too large for your home comfort equipment to manage, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great idea for these rooms as it doesn’t require ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently referred to as a mini-split heat pump as it shifts heating and cooling, rather than generating it. Because of that, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with most reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.

Selecting the appropriate kind for your home might appear like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling specialists at Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc can offer assistance. We’ll begin with a zero-pressure consultation to learn about your needs before offering 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 expect to be responsible for 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 about 450–550 square feet, or roughly the size of a studio apartment.

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

Your total mini-split installation cost will differ based on the kind you choose and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other additional costs might entail:

  • Installing a concrete area for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
  • Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
  • Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This might be needed if you have an older residence.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Installing 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 house through December 31, 2021. We suggest talking with your tax professional for more details.

Energy companies in South Beloit and Belvidere also typically offer rebates for installing 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 buying a mini-split is typically more expensive than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient way to heat and cool tricky parts of your house. These include:

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

ENERGY STAR also recommends installing mini-splits in residences with unique challenges, like:

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

When compared to 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 enjoy more accurage control over settings from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.

Our Specialists Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you choose the right model to professionally installing it, our pros at Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 877-389-2465 now to discover how a mini-split system can make your residence cozier and to get your free estimate!