How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Areas that lack ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a present system can be costly. And that added square footage might just be too big for your home comfort equipment to manage, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great option for these rooms because it doesn’t require ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two components: 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, as opposed to creating it. Because of that, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Choosing the right model for your residence can seem like a big task, but our heating and cooling professionals at Gillman Heating and Air can help. We’ll start with a no-pressure appointment to go over your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.

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

Estimated 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 roughly the size of a studio apartment.

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

Your exact mini-split installation cost will vary based on the model you choose and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other added costs might entail:

  • Installing a concrete slab 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?

Getting an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can give you access to valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for select systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We advise talking with your tax professional for more information.

Energy companies in Perry also usually offer rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to make sure you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although purchasing a mini-split is often costlier than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient approach to heat and cool troublesome spots in your house. These include:

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

ENERGY STAR also suggests using mini-splits in houses with unique challenges, like:

  • Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Pricey central heat, either as a result of high fuel expenses or low efficiency.
  • Older residences that don’t have ductwork due to radiator or baseboard heat.

In comparison to regular 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 more accurage control over temperatures from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you choose the best model to professionally installing it, our pros at Gillman Heating and Air can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 478-202-3076 now to learn how a mini-split system can make your home comfier and to receive your free estimate!