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 difficult to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system could be costly. And that added space 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 smart idea for these rooms because it doesn’t require ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often known as a mini-split heat pump as it transfers heating and cooling, rather than generating it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Choosing the appropriate model for your house can appear overwhelming, but our heating and cooling pros at Air Quality Solutions can help. We’ll start with a no-obligation meeting to go over your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.

Here’s about how much you can plan to be responsible for when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.

Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation

One of the most popular sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool about 450–550 square feet, or about the size of a studio apartment.

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

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

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

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Getting an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can give you access to valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for qualified systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We suggest chatting with your tax professional for more info.

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

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although purchasing a mini-split is often more expensive than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient method to heat and cool tricky spots in your house. These involve:

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

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

  • Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Costly central heat, either due to high fuel prices or low efficiency.
  • Older residences that don’t have ductwork as a result 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 precise control over temperatures from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you select the right model to professionally installing it, our professionals at Air Quality Solutions can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 614-871-4144 today to discover how a mini-split system can make your house cozier and to request your free estimate!