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. Adding ductwork from an existing system can be expensive. And that additional space might just be too large for your home comfort equipment to handle, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a smart solution for these areas as it doesn’t need ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically called a mini-split heat pump because it moves heating and cooling, rather than generating it. As a result, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with most reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the right model for your residence can appear overwhelming, but our heating and cooling specialists at SchagrinGAS Company can provide support. We’ll get started with a zero-pressure appointment to review your needs before offering you 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 be responsible for when you’re getting 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 around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for typical home improvement jobs.

Your total mini-split installation cost will differ based on the type you go with and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other additional 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 could be needed if you have an older residence.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Installing an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can make you eligible for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for eligible systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We recommend chatting with your tax professional for more info.

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

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although buying a mini-split is often pricier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient way to heat and cool tricky parts of your residence. These involve:

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

ENERGY STAR also advises using mini-splits in houses with unique challenges, including:

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

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

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

From helping you choose the best model to expertly installing it, our pros at SchagrinGAS Company can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 302-231-1380 today to learn how a mini-split system can make your residence cozier and to receive your free estimate!