How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Rooms without ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a present system may be pricey. And that extra square footage could 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 wise solution for these rooms since 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 as it moves heating and cooling, instead of creating it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® certification.

Selecting the correct model for your residence could feel like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling pros at Brandon Heating and Plumbing can help. We’ll start with a no-obligation appointment to review your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might be able to take advantage of.

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

Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation

One of the most often used sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool about 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 expenses for typical home improvement projects.

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

  • 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 home through December 31, 2021. We advise talking with your tax professional for more details.

Energy companies in Brandon also often give rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to make sure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although purchasing a mini-split is usually costlier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient approach to heat and cool troublesome parts of your residence. These involve:

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

ENERGY STAR also advises having mini-splits in homes with unique challenges, like:

  • Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Costly central heat, either because of high fuel costs or decreased efficiency.
  • Older residences that don’t have ductwork because 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 have more accurage control over temperatures from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you choose the ideal model to professionally installing it, our pros at Brandon Heating and Plumbing can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 204-728-0180 right away to discover how a mini-split system can make your home comfier and to request your free estimate!