How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Rooms that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system could be costly. And that extra square footage could just be too large for your home comfort equipment to manage, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

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

Choosing the correct model for your home can feel overwhelming, but our heating and cooling professionals at Cool Power LLC can provide support. We’ll begin with a no-pressure appointment to hear about your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.

Here’s about how much you can expect to pay when you’re buying 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 about 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 costs for typical home improvement work.

Your precise mini-split installation cost will vary based on the kind you choose and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other additional costs could include:

  • Installing a concrete slab for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
  • Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
  • Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This could be needed if you have an older home.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Buying 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 residence through December 31, 2021. We recommend consulting with your tax professional for more info.

Energy companies in Ronkonkoma also often give 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 usually costlier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient method to heat and cool difficult rooms in your home. These include:

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

ENERGY STAR also advises using mini-splits in homes with unique challenges, including:

  • Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Costly central heat, either because of high fuel prices or low efficiency.
  • Older houses that don’t have ductwork as a result of 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 enjoy precise control over temperatures from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you choose the best model to knowledgeably installing it, our professionals at Cool Power LLC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 631-246-4029 right away to learn how a mini-split system can make your residence cozier and to get your free estimate!