How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Spaces without ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system may be pricey. And that extra square footage may just be too big for your home comfort equipment to manage, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great idea for these areas as it doesn’t need ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often referred to as a mini-split heat pump since it moves heating and cooling, in place of making it. Because of that, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with many reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the appropriate model for your home may appear like a big task, but our heating and cooling professionals at Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We’ll get started with a no-pressure consultation to learn about your needs before offering 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 anticipate to spend when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.

Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation

One of the most frequently installed sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool about 450–550 square feet, or roughly the size of a studio apartment.

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

Your precise mini-split installation cost will differ based on the type you choose and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other added 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?

Installing 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 advise consulting with your tax professional for more information.

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

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although installing a mini-split is often pricier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient method to heat and cool difficult areas in your house. These can be:

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

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

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

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

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

From helping you pick the best model to expertly installing it, our specialists at Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 308-624-3485 right away to learn how a mini-split system can make your residence cozier and to receive your free estimate!