How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Spaces that lack ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a current system could be pricey. And that additional square footage could just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to take on, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great idea for these rooms since 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 often called a mini-split heat pump since it moves heating and cooling, instead of making it. Because of that, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® certification.

Selecting the appropriate model for your residence might seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at Brogan Heating & AC Inc can provide support. We’ll start with a zero-pressure meeting to discuss your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.

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

Average 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 expenses for common home improvement projects.

Your precise mini-split installation cost will differ based on the kind you select and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other added costs could entail:

  • Installing a concrete pad for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
  • Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
  • Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This could be necessary 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 advise talking with your tax professional for more information.

Energy companies in Rochester also often have rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to ensure you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although installing a mini-split is often pricier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient way to heat and cool difficult parts of your house. These include:

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

ENERGY STAR also suggests having mini-splits in homes with atypical challenges, like:

  • Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Pricey central heat, either as a result of high fuel costs or low efficiency.
  • Older residences 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 more accurage control over settings from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you choose the best model to expertly installing it, our pros at Brogan Heating & AC Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 507-218-0088 today to discover how a mini-split system can make your home more comfortable and to get your free estimate!