How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Areas without ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from an existing system may be pricey. And that additional area could just be too large for your home comfort equipment to manage, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great option for these areas as it doesn’t require 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 as it shifts heating and cooling, in place of generating it. Because of that, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® certification.

Selecting the appropriate kind for your residence can seem like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling pros at Air Houston Mechanical LLC can provide support. We’ll start with a zero-pressure meeting to learn about your needs before offering you 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 anticipate to pay when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.

Average Mini-Split Installation Cost

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

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

Your precise mini-split installation cost will vary based on the type you choose 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 house.

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 talking with your tax professional for more information.

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

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although getting a mini-split is usually more expensive than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient way to heat and cool troublesome areas in your residence. These involve:

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

ENERGY STAR also advises having mini-splits in residences with atypical challenges, such as:

  • Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Expensive central heat, either as a result of high fuel expenses or decreased efficiency.
  • Older residences 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 have precise control over settings from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.

Our Professionals Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you choose the ideal model to professionally installing it, our pros at Air Houston Mechanical LLC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 832-224-3887 right away to discover how a mini-split system can make your house comfier and to receive your free estimate!