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. Lengthening ductwork from a present system may be costly. And that added space might just be too big for your home comfort equipment to take on, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a wise solution for these rooms as it doesn’t require ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically called a mini-split heat pump as it shifts heating and cooling, rather than generating it. Because of that, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.

Selecting the right type for your house could seem like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling specialists at HCE Systems Inc can provide support. We’ll begin with a zero-pressure meeting to hear about your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.

Here’s about how much you can plan to spend when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.

Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation

One of the most often used sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool an estimated 450–550 square feet, or about the size of a studio apartment.

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

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

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

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

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

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although installing a mini-split is often pricier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient method to heat and cool difficult rooms in your home. These can be:

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

ENERGY STAR also suggests having mini-splits in houses with special challenges, including:

  • Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Costly central heat, either due to high fuel prices or low efficiency.
  • Older houses that don’t have ductwork because of radiator or baseboard heat.

In comparison to regular 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 more accurage control over temps from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you pick the right model to knowledgeably installing it, our pros at HCE Systems Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 276-302-0076 right away to find out how a mini-split system can make your home cozier and to get your free estimate!