How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Rooms that lack ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a current system may be expensive. And that additional area could just be too big for your home comfort equipment to handle, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a smart option for these rooms as it doesn’t need ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically referred to as a mini-split heat pump since it transfers heating and cooling, in place of generating it. Because of this, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with many reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.

Choosing the right model for your residence may feel overwhelming, but our heating and cooling professionals at Lanz Furnace and Fireplace can offer assistance. We’ll begin with a no-obligation consultation to hear about your needs before giving 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 spend when you’re buying 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 an estimated 450–550 square feet, or about the size of a studio apartment.

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

Your precise mini-split installation cost will be different based on the model you go with and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other additional costs could 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 required if you have an older residence.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

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

Energy companies in Monroe also often give rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to confirm you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although getting a mini-split is often costlier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient method to heat and cool tricky rooms in your residence. These involve:

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

ENERGY STAR also recommends installing mini-splits in homes with unique challenges, including:

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

In contrast with 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 have more accurage control over temperatures from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.

Our Pros Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you pick the ideal model to expertly installing it, our specialists at Lanz Furnace and Fireplace can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 608-291-3606 right away to find out how a mini-split system can make your home cozier and to get your free estimate!