How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Spaces that lack ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from an existing system could be expensive. And that additional square footage could just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to take on, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a wise option for these areas because it doesn’t need ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently referred to as a mini-split heat pump as it moves heating and cooling, instead of generating it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the right type for your house may feel like a big task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Point Heating & Cooling can provide support. We’ll begin with a zero-obligation consultation to go over your needs before offering you 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 getting a ductless mini-split.

Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation

One of the most often installed sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool approximately 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 expenses for common home improvement projects.

Your precise mini-split installation cost will be different based on the kind you go with and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other additional costs could 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 necessary if you have an older residence.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

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

Energy companies in Plover also typically have rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to ensure you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although installing a mini-split is usually pricier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient way to heat and cool troublesome spots in your house. These can be:

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

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

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

In contrast with 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 exact control over settings from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.

Our Specialists Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you choose the best model to professionally installing it, our professionals at Point Heating & Cooling can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 715-504-0533 now to discover how a mini-split system can make your home cozier and to get your free estimate!