How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Spaces that lack ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system could be pricey. And that extra space could just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to manage, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a wise option for these spaces 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 because it transfers heating and cooling, as opposed to making it. As a result, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with many reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.

Selecting the appropriate model for your residence could seem overwhelming, but our heating and cooling specialists at Home Comfort Heating & Air can offer assistance. We’ll start with a no-obligation meeting to discuss your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might be able to take advantage of.

Here’s about how much you can expect to pay when you’re getting 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 approximately 450–550 square feet, or around the size of a studio apartment.

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

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

  • Installing a concrete pad 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 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 suggest consulting with your tax professional for more information.

Energy companies in Elk River also typically offer rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to confirm you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although buying a mini-split is typically more expensive than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient method to heat and cool difficult parts of your home. These include:

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

ENERGY STAR also advises having mini-splits in homes with atypical challenges, like:

  • Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Costly central heat, either due to high fuel costs or decreased efficiency.
  • Older residences that don’t have ductwork due to radiator or baseboard heat.

When compared to more common 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 temperatures from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.

Our Professionals Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you select the right model to expertly installing it, our professionals at Home Comfort Heating & Air can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 763-276-0617 now to learn how a mini-split system can make your house cozier and to get your free estimate!