How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Spaces that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a current system can be costly. And that additional space may just be too big for your home comfort equipment to manage, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great solution for these rooms as 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 since it shifts heating and cooling, instead of creating it. Because of that, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the right kind for your home might feel overwhelming, but our heating and cooling specialists at M & S Heating & Air LLC can help. We’ll get started with a no-obligation consultation to go over your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.

Here’s about how much you can plan to be responsible for 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 an estimated 450–550 square feet, or about 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 prices for common home improvement projects.

Your total mini-split installation cost will differ based on the model you choose and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other extra costs may include:

  • Installing a concrete pad 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?

Installing 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 recommend consulting with your tax professional for more info.

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

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although installing a mini-split is usually pricier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient approach to heat and cool tricky parts of your house. These include:

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

ENERGY STAR also suggests using mini-splits in residences with special challenges, including:

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

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

Our Specialists Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you select the ideal model to expertly installing it, our specialists at M & S Heating & Air LLC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 301-363-4699 today to find out how a mini-split system can make your home more comfortable and to request your free estimate!