How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Spaces without ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a current system can be expensive. And that added square footage could 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 wise solution for these areas since 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 referred to as a mini-split heat pump as it shifts heating and cooling, instead of creating it. Because of this, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Selecting the appropriate type for your residence might appear like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Uptown Heating & Cooling can offer assistance. We’ll begin with a zero-obligation appointment to learn about your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.

Here’s about how much you can anticipate to be responsible for when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.

Average Mini-Split Installation Cost

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

With professional installation, the usual mini-split cost for this size is around $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 type you select and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other extra costs may include:

  • 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 necessary if you have an older home.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Getting 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 suggest talking with your tax professional for more information.

Energy companies in Westerville also usually offer rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to confirm you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although buying a mini-split is typically pricier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient way to heat and cool difficult areas in your residence. These include:

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

ENERGY STAR also recommends using mini-splits in homes with atypical challenges, like:

  • Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Pricey central heat, either because of high fuel prices or low efficiency.
  • Older residences that don’t have ductwork because of radiator or baseboard heat.

In comparison to 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 get precise control over settings from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you choose the right model to knowledgeably installing it, our specialists at Uptown Heating & Cooling can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 614-344-6949 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your home comfier and to get your free estimate!