How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Rooms that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a current system could be pricey. And that added square footage could just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to handle, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great idea for these rooms since it doesn’t need ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often known as a mini-split heat pump since it shifts heating and cooling, rather than making it. Because of that, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the correct type for your home can seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning can offer assistance. We’ll start with a zero-obligation meeting to hear about your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.

Here’s about how much you can plan to pay when you’re buying 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 about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for common home improvement work.

Your exact mini-split installation cost will differ based on the kind you choose and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other extra costs could involve:

  • 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 house.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Installing an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can make you eligible for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for certain systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We recommend chatting with your tax professional for more information.

Energy companies in Thedford also usually give 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 buying a mini-split is often pricier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient way to heat and cool troublesome spots in your residence. These can be:

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

ENERGY STAR also recommends having mini-splits in houses with unique challenges, like:

  • Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Pricey central heat, either due to high fuel prices or decreased 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 have exact control over temps from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.

Our Professionals Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you pick the right model to professionally installing it, our professionals at Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 519-296-4437 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your home cozier and to get your free estimate!