How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Rooms that lack ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system could be expensive. And that added square footage could just be too large for your home comfort equipment to handle, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great option for these areas because it doesn’t need ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically called a mini-split heat pump as it shifts heating and cooling, as opposed to generating it. As a result, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with many achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Selecting the right model for your residence can appear like a big task, but our heating and cooling pros at Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC can offer assistance. We’ll get started with a no-obligation meeting to go over your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.

Here’s about how much you can expect to pay when you’re buying 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 around the size of a studio apartment.

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

Your total mini-split installation cost will differ based on the kind you select and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other extra costs could involve:

  • Installing a concrete slab 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 home.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Installing an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can qualify you for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for eligible systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We advise chatting with your tax professional for more details.

Energy companies in Booneville also usually 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 buying a mini-split is typically more expensive than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient approach to heat and cool troublesome parts of your home. These can be:

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

ENERGY STAR also advises installing mini-splits in residences with special challenges, like:

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

When compared 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 get exact control over temps 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 pick the right model to knowledgeably installing it, our specialists at Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 662-269-8716 right away to discover how a mini-split system can make your house more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!