How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Areas without ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system can be costly. And that added space might just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to take on, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great option for these spaces as 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 often referred to as a mini-split heat pump as it transfers heating and cooling, in place of making it. As a result, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with many achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Selecting the correct kind for your home could seem like a big task, but our heating and cooling pros at Durable Service can offer assistance. We’ll get started with a zero-pressure 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 be able to take advantage of.

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

Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation

One of the most often used sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool approximately 450–550 square feet, or around 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 costs for common home improvement jobs.

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

  • Installing a concrete pad 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 house.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Buying an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can give you access to valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for eligible systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We recommend talking with your tax professional for more information.

Energy companies in Holdrege also typically give rebates for buying 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 purchasing a mini-split is often costlier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient approach to heat and cool difficult rooms in your house. These can be:

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

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

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

In contrast with 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 enjoy precise 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 choose the right model to professionally installing it, our professionals at Durable Service can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 308-995-8177 today to learn how a mini-split system can make your house comfier and to get your free estimate!