How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Areas that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system could be expensive. And that added space may just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to handle, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a wise solution for these areas because 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 frequently known as a mini-split heat pump since it transfers heating and cooling, as opposed to generating it. As a result, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with most reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the correct model for your house may appear like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC can offer assistance. We’ll get started with a zero-pressure meeting to discuss your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might be able to take advantage of.

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

Average Mini-Split Installation Cost

One of the most frequently installed sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool an estimated 450–550 square feet, or roughly 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 usual home improvement jobs.

Your exact mini-split installation cost will be different based on the model you go with and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other added costs could 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 required 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 select systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We recommend consulting with your tax professional for more details.

Energy companies in Hamilton also usually have rebates for buying 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 often costlier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient approach to heat and cool tricky rooms in your home. These involve:

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

ENERGY STAR also advises installing mini-splits in residences with atypical challenges, including:

  • Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Costly central heat, either as a result of high fuel expenses or low efficiency.
  • Older houses that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.

In contrast with more common 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 precise control over temps from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.

Our Specialists Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you choose the right model to knowledgeably installing it, our pros at Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 513-268-5164 today to learn how a mini-split system can make your residence comfier and to receive your free estimate!