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 a challenge to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system may be pricey. And that additional area might just be too large for your home comfort equipment to handle, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great solution for these areas because it doesn’t require ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently known as a mini-split heat pump as it shifts 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 kind for your residence can seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning can provide support. We’ll start with a zero-pressure appointment to review your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.

Here’s about how much you can plan to spend when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.

Average Mini-Split Installation Cost

One of the most often installed 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 typical mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for usual home improvement jobs.

Your exact mini-split installation cost will be different based on the model you go with and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other extra costs may entail:

  • Installing a concrete pad for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
  • Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
  • Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This could be necessary 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 certain systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We recommend talking with your tax professional for more info.

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

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

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

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

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

  • Expensive 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 comparison 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 get exact control over temps from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you select the best model to knowledgeably installing it, our professionals at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 309-323-9584 right away to learn how a mini-split system can make your house more comfortable and to request your free estimate!