How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Rooms that lack ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system could be costly. And that added space may just be too big for your home comfort equipment to manage, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a smart idea for these spaces because it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically referred to as a mini-split heat pump as it moves heating and cooling, in place of generating it. Because of this, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Choosing the appropriate model for your house could seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We’ll start with a zero-obligation consultation 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 pay when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.

Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation

One of the most often installed sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool approximately 450–550 square feet, or roughly 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 usual home improvement work.

Your total mini-split installation cost will be different based on the kind you go with and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other extra costs might involve:

  • Installing a concrete pad for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
  • Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
  • Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This could be required if you have an older house.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Buying an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can give you access to valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for select systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We recommend talking with your tax professional for more details.

Energy companies in Buellton also usually give rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to confirm you get 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 standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient way to heat and cool troublesome rooms in your home. These involve:

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

ENERGY STAR also recommends installing mini-splits in residences with unique challenges, such as:

  • Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Expensive central heat, either as a result of high fuel prices or reduced efficiency.
  • Older houses that don’t have ductwork as a result of 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 have exact control over temperatures from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you pick the best model to expertly installing it, our professionals at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 805-242-9638 now to discover how a mini-split system can make your residence comfier and to receive your free estimate!