How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Areas that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from an existing system may be expensive. And that extra area might just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to manage, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great solution for these areas since it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically known as a mini-split heat pump since it shifts heating and cooling, as opposed to making it. As a result, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with many achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the appropriate model for your home may appear like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling professionals at Kilbourne Heating & AC can provide support. We’ll get started with a zero-pressure consultation to hear about your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.

Here’s about how much you can plan to pay when you’re installing 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 approximately 450–550 square feet, or around the size of a studio apartment.

With professional installation, the average mini-split cost for this size is about $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 type you select and how energy efficient it is. According to 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 may be needed if you have an older residence.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Buying 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 home through December 31, 2021. We advise chatting with your tax professional for more details.

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

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although installing a mini-split is typically costlier than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient way to heat and cool difficult spots in your residence. These can be:

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

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

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

In contrast with 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 precise control over temps from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.

Our Pros Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you select the ideal model to knowledgeably installing it, our professionals at Kilbourne Heating & AC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 561-287-7071 now to discover how a mini-split system can make your house comfier and to receive your free estimate!