How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Areas that lack ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a present system can be expensive. And that added space could just be too large for your home comfort equipment to manage, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great option for these areas as it doesn’t require ductwork. This comprehensive 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 because it moves heating and cooling, instead of creating it. Because of that, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the appropriate model for your home might feel overwhelming, but our heating and cooling professionals at West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. can offer assistance. We’ll start with a zero-obligation appointment to hear about your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.

Here’s about how much you can plan to pay when you’re installing 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 about 450–550 square feet, or around 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 prices for usual home improvement work.

Your exact mini-split installation cost will be different based on the model you choose and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other extra costs might involve:

  • 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 needed if you have an older residence.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Getting an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can make you eligible for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for qualified systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We recommend chatting with your tax professional for more information.

Energy companies in West Jefferson also typically give rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to confirm you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although getting a mini-split is usually pricier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient method to heat and cool difficult areas in your residence. These can be:

  • Additions.
  • Garages.
  • Sunrooms.
  • Areas you aren’t in very frequently.
  • Areas with hot and cold spots.

ENERGY STAR also suggests having mini-splits in residences with unique challenges, like:

  • Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Pricey central heat, either due to high fuel costs or decreased efficiency.
  • Older houses that don’t have ductwork due to radiator or baseboard heat.

When compared 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, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.

Our Professionals Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you choose the right model to knowledgeably installing it, our specialists at West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 614-450-1575 today to discover how a mini-split system can make your house comfier and to request your free estimate!