How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Rooms without ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a present system could be costly. And that added space could just be too sizeable 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 spaces since 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 typically known as a mini-split heat pump as it shifts heating and cooling, rather than generating it. Because of that, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the appropriate kind for your residence might appear overwhelming, but our heating and cooling pros at Appalachian Heating can provide support. We’ll start with a zero-pressure meeting to hear about your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also review 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 buying a ductless mini-split.

Average 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 about 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 common home improvement jobs.

Your total mini-split installation cost will differ based on the model you choose and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other additional costs may involve:

  • 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 necessary if you have an older house.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

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

Energy companies in Mount Hope also typically have rebates for purchasing 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 getting a mini-split is often more expensive than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient approach to heat and cool tricky parts of your house. These involve:

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

ENERGY STAR also recommends using mini-splits in homes with unique challenges, including:

  • Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Expensive central heat, either as a result of high fuel costs or low efficiency.
  • Older homes 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 get exact control over settings 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 ideal model to knowledgeably installing it, our specialists at Appalachian Heating can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 304-707-0600 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your home comfier and to receive your free estimate!