How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Rooms that lack ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a present system can be expensive. And that additional area might 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 great solution for these rooms since it doesn’t need ductwork. This combined 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 as it transfers heating and cooling, as opposed to generating it. Because of this, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with most reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.

Choosing the appropriate type for your residence can seem like a big task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Breathe Healthier Air can help. We’ll start with a no-obligation appointment to go over your needs before providing you with 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 be responsible for when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.

Average Mini-Split Installation Cost

One of the most popular 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 usual mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for common home improvement projects.

Your precise mini-split installation cost will vary based on the kind you go with and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other additional costs could 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 home.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Installing an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can qualify you for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for qualified systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We advise talking with your tax professional for more information.

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

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although purchasing a mini-split is typically costlier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient method to heat and cool troublesome areas in your home. These include:

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

ENERGY STAR also recommends having mini-splits in homes with special challenges, including:

  • Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Pricey central heat, either because of high fuel expenses or decreased efficiency.
  • Older residences that don’t have ductwork due to 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 enjoy exact control over temperatures from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you select the ideal model to professionally installing it, our professionals at Breathe Healthier Air can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 772-600-7151 right away to find out how a mini-split system can make your house comfier and to receive your free estimate!