How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Spaces without ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a current system can be expensive. And that additional square footage could just be too big for your home comfort equipment to take on, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a wise idea for these spaces as it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically known as a mini-split heat pump because it shifts heating and cooling, rather than making it. Because of that, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with many achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Choosing the right type for your house might appear like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at Dearing's Service & Solutions can help. We’ll begin with a no-obligation appointment to learn about your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might be able to take advantage of.

Here’s about how much you can plan to pay when you’re getting 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 around 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 work.

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

  • 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 home.

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 select systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We advise chatting with your tax professional for more info.

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

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although getting a mini-split is typically costlier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient method to heat and cool difficult parts of your house. These can be:

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

ENERGY STAR also suggests installing mini-splits in houses with atypical challenges, like:

  • Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Expensive central heat, either due to high fuel expenses or reduced efficiency.
  • Older houses that don’t have ductwork because of radiator or baseboard heat.

In contrast with 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 exact control over settings from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you select the ideal model to knowledgeably installing it, our professionals at Dearing's Service & Solutions can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 812-200-5844 today to learn how a mini-split system can make your residence cozier and to get your free estimate!