How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Rooms without ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system may be costly. And that added area may just be too big 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 areas because it doesn’t need ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently known as a mini-split heat pump because it moves heating and cooling, rather than creating it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the appropriate model for your home could appear like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling professionals at AC Sales can provide support. We’ll begin with a no-obligation meeting to review your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.

Here’s about how much you can expect to spend 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 approximately 450–550 square feet, or about the size of a studio apartment.

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

Your exact mini-split installation cost will vary based on the kind you choose and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other added costs might include:

  • 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 necessary if you have an older home.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Buying an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can make you eligible for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for eligible systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We advise chatting with your tax professional for more details.

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

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although installing a mini-split is typically pricier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient way to heat and cool tricky areas in your home. These include:

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

ENERGY STAR also recommends having mini-splits in residences with unique challenges, including:

  • Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Costly central heat, either because of high fuel prices or low efficiency.
  • Older houses that don’t have ductwork due to 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 have more accurage control over temperatures from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you pick the right model to knowledgeably installing it, our professionals at AC Sales can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at (337) 234-2345 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your house more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!