How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Rooms without ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a current system may be pricey. And that added space may just be too large for your home comfort equipment to handle, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a wise option for these rooms because it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often called a mini-split heat pump as it transfers heating and cooling, in place of creating it. Because of that, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the right type for your residence can feel like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling pros at Air Houston Mechanical LLC can offer assistance. We’ll begin with a zero-obligation consultation to review your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might be able to take advantage of.

Here’s about how much you can expect to spend when you’re getting 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 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 about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for usual home improvement projects.

Your precise mini-split installation cost will be different based on the kind you select and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other additional 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 may be needed if you have an older residence.

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 house through December 31, 2021. We suggest chatting with your tax professional for more information.

Energy companies in Huffman also usually have rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to make sure you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although getting a mini-split is often costlier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient way to heat and cool troublesome parts of your residence. These include:

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

ENERGY STAR also recommends having mini-splits in residences with unique challenges, including:

  • Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Expensive central heat, either due to high fuel costs or reduced efficiency.
  • Older homes 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 enjoy exact control over temperatures from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.

Our Pros Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you choose the best model to knowledgeably installing it, our professionals at Air Houston Mechanical LLC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 832-777-1521 right away to learn how a mini-split system can make your house more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!