How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Rooms that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a current system may be expensive. And that added square footage might just be too big for your home comfort equipment to take on, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great option for these rooms since it doesn’t require ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically known as a mini-split heat pump since it transfers heating and cooling, rather than making it. Because of that, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Selecting the appropriate model for your residence may appear overwhelming, but our heating and cooling professionals at Connolly Electric & Mechanical can provide support. We’ll begin with a zero-pressure meeting to discuss your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.

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

Estimated 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 roughly 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 costs for typical home improvement jobs.

Your exact mini-split installation cost will differ based on the kind you choose and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other extra 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 necessary if you have an older residence.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Getting an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can qualify you for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for qualified systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We suggest chatting with your tax professional for more info.

Energy companies in Cottonwood also often give rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to make sure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although installing a mini-split is typically costlier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient way to heat and cool troublesome areas in your residence. These include:

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

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

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

When compared 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 more accurage control over settings from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.

Our Specialists Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you pick the best model to expertly installing it, our specialists at Connolly Electric & Mechanical can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 928-639-4251 right away to discover how a mini-split system can make your home more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!