How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Rooms that lack ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a present system can be expensive. And that added square footage might just be too large for your home comfort equipment to take on, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a smart idea for these areas since it doesn’t need ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically referred to as a mini-split heat pump since it moves heating and cooling, rather than making it. Because of this, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® certification.

Selecting the appropriate type for your home may appear overwhelming, but our heating and cooling specialists at McFadden Heating & Cooling can provide support. We’ll get started with a zero-obligation meeting to learn about your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.

Here’s about how much you can anticipate to pay when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.

Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation

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

Your precise mini-split installation cost will differ based on the type you go with and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other added costs might involve:

  • Installing a concrete area 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 residence.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Getting an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can give you access to valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for eligible systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We advise consulting with your tax professional for more info.

Energy companies in Dresden also often give rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to make sure you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although buying a mini-split is usually costlier than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient method to heat and cool difficult spots in your house. These can be:

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

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

  • Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Expensive central heat, either as a result of high fuel prices or reduced efficiency.
  • Older homes that don’t have ductwork due to radiator or baseboard heat.

In contrast with 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, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.

Our Professionals Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you choose the right model to knowledgeably installing it, our specialists at McFadden Heating & Cooling can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 1-866-781-0111 today to learn how a mini-split system can make your residence more comfortable and to get your free estimate!