How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Spaces that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system can be expensive. And that extra area could just be too big for your home comfort equipment to handle, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a smart solution for these spaces since it doesn’t need ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically called a mini-split heat pump because it transfers heating and cooling, as opposed to creating it. Because of that, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with most reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.

Choosing the correct model for your house might appear like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling pros at Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling, Inc can help. We’ll begin with a no-obligation appointment to go over your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.

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

Average Mini-Split Installation Cost

One of the most often installed sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool about 450–550 square feet, or about the size of a studio apartment.

With professional installation, the typical mini-split cost for this size is around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for usual home improvement projects.

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

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

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 advise chatting with your tax professional for more info.

Energy companies in Rockford also often offer rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to ensure you receive 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 tricky rooms in your residence. These include:

  • Additions.
  • Garages.
  • Sunrooms.
  • Areas you don’t visit very frequently.
  • Areas with hot and cold spots.

ENERGY STAR also suggests installing mini-splits in houses with atypical challenges, including:

  • Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Pricey central heat, either because of high fuel prices or decreased efficiency.
  • Older residences that don’t have ductwork due to radiator or baseboard heat.

In comparison to 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 temps from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you choose the ideal model to knowledgeably installing it, our pros at Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling, Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at (815)914-6197 right away to find out how a mini-split system can make your house more comfortable and to request your free estimate!