How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Areas without ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system can be expensive. And that extra area may just be too big for your home comfort equipment to handle, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a smart option for these areas since it doesn’t require ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently referred to as a mini-split heat pump as it moves heating and cooling, as opposed to generating it. As a result, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the right model for your residence may appear like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling specialists at Air Concepts of Middle Georgia can help. We’ll begin with a zero-pressure consultation to hear about your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.

Here’s about how much you can anticipate 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 around the size of a studio apartment.

With professional installation, the usual mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for common home improvement projects.

Your precise mini-split installation cost will vary based on the model you choose and how energy efficient it is. Per 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 necessary if you have an older house.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

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

Energy companies in Middle Georgia also often have rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to confirm you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although purchasing a mini-split is typically costlier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient approach to heat and cool tricky areas in your residence. These involve:

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

ENERGY STAR also recommends using mini-splits in houses with unique challenges, like:

  • Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Costly central heat, either because of high fuel expenses or decreased efficiency.
  • Older homes that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.

When compared to 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 precise control over temperatures from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you choose the ideal model to expertly installing it, our specialists at Air Concepts of Middle Georgia can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 478-200-5689 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your house cozier and to get your free estimate!