How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Spaces that lack ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a current system can be expensive. And that extra space may just be too sizeable 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 spaces because it doesn’t require ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often called a mini-split heat pump since it shifts heating and cooling, in place of creating it. As a result, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® certification.

Selecting the correct type for your house can appear like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at Scott Temperature can provide support. We’ll begin with a zero-obligation consultation to go over your needs before giving you 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 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 about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for typical home improvement work.

Your exact mini-split installation cost will be different based on the kind you go with and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other extra costs could entail:

  • Installing a concrete pad for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
  • Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
  • Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This may be required if you have an older home.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

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

Energy companies in Lawrence also usually offer rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to confirm you have 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 very efficient approach to heat and cool difficult areas in your home. These include:

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

ENERGY STAR also recommends having mini-splits in houses with atypical challenges, such as:

  • Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Expensive central heat, either because of high fuel prices or decreased efficiency.
  • Older residences that don’t have ductwork because 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 get precise control over settings from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you pick the best model to expertly installing it, our pros at Scott Temperature can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 785-269-0465 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your house cozier and to get your free estimate!