How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Areas that lack ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a current system may be pricey. And that added 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 wise solution for these rooms because it doesn’t require ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often called a mini-split heat pump as it moves heating and cooling, as opposed to generating it. Because of this, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with the majority reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.

Choosing the appropriate type for your home may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Goode Bros AC & Heating can provide support. We’ll get started with a no-obligation meeting to hear about your needs before giving 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 expect to be responsible for when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.

Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation

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

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

Your precise mini-split installation cost will differ based on the type you choose and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other extra 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?

Getting 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 house through December 31, 2021. We recommend consulting with your tax professional for more details.

Energy companies in Katy also usually offer rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to make sure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although buying a mini-split is typically pricier than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient approach to heat and cool troublesome rooms in your house. These can be:

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

ENERGY STAR also advises having mini-splits in houses with atypical challenges, including:

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

When compared 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 enjoy exact control over temperatures 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 right model to knowledgeably installing it, our pros at Goode Bros AC & Heating can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at (833)-466-3322 right away to learn how a mini-split system can make your home more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!