How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Spaces that lack ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a current system may be pricey. And that additional space might just be too big for your home comfort equipment to take on, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a wise option for these spaces 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, as opposed to making it. As a result, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the appropriate type for your home can appear like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at Hopper Heating and Air can offer assistance. We’ll begin with a zero-pressure consultation to hear about your needs before offering you 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 plan to spend when you’re installing 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 typical mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for common home improvement work.

Your precise mini-split installation cost will differ based on the type you go with and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other extra costs could 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 residence.

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 qualified systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We suggest talking with your tax professional for more info.

Energy companies in Shelby also usually offer rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to make sure you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although getting a mini-split is usually pricier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient way to heat and cool troublesome parts of your house. These involve:

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

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

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

In comparison to 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 get precise control over temps from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.

Our Specialists Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you select the right model to knowledgeably installing it, our professionals at Hopper Heating and Air can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 704-233-7363 today to learn how a mini-split system can make your residence comfier and to get your free estimate!