How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Spaces that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a present system can be costly. And that additional space may 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 spaces since it doesn’t require ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently referred to as a mini-split heat pump as it shifts heating and cooling, as opposed to generating it. Because of that, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with the majority reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.

Selecting the right model for your home may appear like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling professionals at All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc can help. We’ll get started with a zero-pressure appointment to discuss your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.

Here’s about how much you can plan to pay when you’re buying 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 about 450–550 square feet, or about the size of a studio apartment.

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

Your precise mini-split installation cost will be different based on the model you choose and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other added costs may entail:

  • 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 house.

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 select systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We advise chatting with your tax professional for more information.

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

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although installing a mini-split is usually costlier than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient approach to heat and cool tricky areas in your house. These include:

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

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

  • Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Pricey central heat, either because of high fuel prices or reduced efficiency.
  • Older houses that don’t have ductwork due to 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 have more accurage control over settings from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.

Our Professionals Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you choose the ideal model to expertly installing it, our pros at All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 256-801-4701 right away to find out how a mini-split system can make your house more comfortable and to request your free estimate!