How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Spaces that lack ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a current system may be expensive. And that additional area could just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to manage, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great option for these areas since it doesn’t need ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often known as a mini-split heat pump since it moves heating and cooling, as opposed to generating it. As a result, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the right model for your home can appear like a big task, but our heating and cooling professionals at Air Alliance Team can provide support. We’ll get started with a no-pressure consultation to go over your needs before providing you with 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 anticipate 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 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 around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for typical home improvement jobs.

Your precise mini-split installation cost will be different based on the model you go with and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other additional costs could entail:

  • Installing a concrete slab 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?

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

Energy companies in Ballwin and St. Charles also usually give rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to ensure 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 an extremely efficient approach to heat and cool difficult spots in your house. These involve:

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

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

  • Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Costly central heat, either because of high fuel prices or reduced efficiency.
  • Older residences 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 get precise control over temperatures from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you select the best model to professionally installing it, our specialists at Air Alliance Team can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 636-206-4250 today to learn how a mini-split system can make your house more comfortable and to request your free estimate!