How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Rooms that lack ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a present system may be costly. And that added area could 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 comprehensive 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 extremely energy-efficient, with many reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.

Choosing the correct kind for your home may seem like a big task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Airmen HVAC Service can help. We’ll begin with a zero-obligation consultation to go over 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 plan to be responsible for when you’re buying 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 about the size of a studio apartment.

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

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

  • Installing a concrete area 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?

Installing an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can give you access to valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for certain systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We advise chatting with your tax professional for more information.

Energy companies in Montoursville also usually give rebates for installing 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 usually pricier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient approach to heat and cool difficult areas in your residence. These include:

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

ENERGY STAR also suggests having mini-splits in residences with unique challenges, like:

  • Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Expensive central heat, either because of high fuel costs or reduced efficiency.
  • Older houses that don’t have ductwork due to 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 get more accurage control over temps from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you choose the ideal model to professionally installing it, our pros at Airmen HVAC Service can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 570-322-3131 right away to learn how a mini-split system can make your house cozier and to get your free estimate!