How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Spaces that lack ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system could be pricey. And that added area may 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 wise idea for these rooms 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 frequently referred to as a mini-split heat pump since it transfers heating and cooling, instead of making it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the correct kind for your residence may feel like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling professionals at Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning can provide support. We’ll get started with a zero-obligation consultation to discuss your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.

Here’s about how much you can expect to be responsible for 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 approximately 450–550 square feet, or roughly 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 typical home improvement jobs.

Your precise mini-split installation cost will vary based on the type you choose and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other additional costs may entail:

  • Installing a concrete slab for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
  • Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
  • Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This may be needed if you have an older house.

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 consulting with your tax professional for more info.

Energy companies in Derby also typically have rebates for purchasing 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 getting a mini-split is usually costlier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient way to heat and cool difficult areas in your house. These include:

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

ENERGY STAR also advises using mini-splits in residences with special challenges, including:

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

In comparison 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 have exact control over temperatures from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.

Our Specialists Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you pick the right model to knowledgeably installing it, our specialists at Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 203-772-8319 today to discover how a mini-split system can make your house cozier and to request your free estimate!