How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Rooms without ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a present system could be pricey. And that added area might just be too big for your home comfort equipment to take on, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a wise idea for these rooms as it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically referred to as a mini-split heat pump because it transfers heating and cooling, instead of creating it. Because of this, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with most reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.

Selecting the correct type for your house might feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at Rescue Heating & Air can offer assistance. We’ll begin with a zero-pressure consultation to discuss your needs before offering you 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 spend when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.

Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation

One of the most frequently installed sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool about 450–550 square feet, or around 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 usual home improvement projects.

Your exact mini-split installation cost will differ based on the model you select and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other added costs could involve:

  • Installing a concrete pad 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 house.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

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

Energy companies in Alice also usually offer rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to ensure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although installing a mini-split is usually costlier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient approach to heat and cool troublesome parts of your house. These can be:

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

ENERGY STAR also suggests installing mini-splits in residences with special challenges, such as:

  • Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Costly central heat, either as a result of high fuel costs or reduced 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 temps 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 choose the best model to knowledgeably installing it, our specialists at Rescue Heating & Air can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 361-265-4371 now to discover how a mini-split system can make your residence comfier and to receive your free estimate!