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. Lengthening ductwork from a present system could be expensive. And that added area may just be too big for your home comfort equipment to handle, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a smart idea for these rooms because 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 often referred to as a mini-split heat pump as it shifts heating and cooling, in place of making it. Because of that, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® certification.

Choosing the right model for your residence could seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. can offer assistance. We’ll start with a zero-pressure consultation to hear about your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.

Here’s about how much you can expect to spend when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.

Average 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 typical mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for typical home improvement projects.

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

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

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 eligible systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We advise talking with your tax professional for more details.

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

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although buying a mini-split is often more expensive than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient method to heat and cool troublesome spots in your residence. These involve:

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

ENERGY STAR also advises using mini-splits in residences with special challenges, such as:

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

In comparison 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 get precise control over settings from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.

Our Pros Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you select the ideal model to expertly installing it, our specialists at LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 570-648-0748 right away to find out how a mini-split system can make your residence more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!