How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Spaces without ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a present system can be expensive. And that added square footage might just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to take on, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great idea for these rooms because it doesn’t require ductwork. This all-in-one 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 transfers heating and cooling, instead of making it. Because of this, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the correct type for your residence may appear like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling pros at Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc can help. We’ll get started with a zero-pressure consultation to go over your needs before giving 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 be responsible for when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.

Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation

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 roughly the size of a studio apartment.

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

Your exact mini-split installation cost will differ based on the model you select and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other extra costs might entail:

  • Installing a concrete area for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
  • Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
  • Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This could be required if you have an older residence.

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

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

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although installing a mini-split is typically pricier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient approach to heat and cool troublesome parts of your home. These involve:

  • Additions.
  • Garages.
  • Sunrooms.
  • Rooms you aren’t in very often.
  • Spaces with hot and cold spots.

ENERGY STAR also advises having mini-splits in homes with atypical challenges, like:

  • Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Expensive central heat, either due to high fuel prices or decreased 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 have more accurage control over settings from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.

Our Pros Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you select the right model to knowledgeably installing it, our specialists at Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 256-270-1196 today to find out how a mini-split system can make your home cozier and to get your free estimate!