How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Areas that lack ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a present system can be expensive. And that additional 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 wise idea for these areas because it doesn’t require ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically referred to as a mini-split heat pump as it shifts heating and cooling, instead of creating it. As a result, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with many achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the appropriate model for your residence might feel like a big task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Central Air LLC can provide support. We’ll begin with a no-pressure meeting to go over your needs before giving 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 anticipate to pay when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.

Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation

One of the most frequently installed 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 approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for common home improvement projects.

Your precise mini-split installation cost will differ based on the kind you go with and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other extra costs may entail:

  • 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 needed 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 qualified systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We suggest chatting with your tax professional for more information.

Energy companies in Brookfield also often offer rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to confirm you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although purchasing a mini-split is usually more expensive than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient method to heat and cool tricky parts of your house. These can be:

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

ENERGY STAR also recommends using mini-splits in homes with special challenges, such as:

  • Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Pricey central heat, either due to high fuel prices or reduced efficiency.
  • Older homes that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.

When compared to 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 enjoy precise control over settings from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.

Our Specialists Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you choose the right model to professionally installing it, our professionals at Central Air LLC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 203-357-5913 right away to discover how a mini-split system can make your residence cozier and to get your free estimate!