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How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Spaces without ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system can be costly. And that extra area could just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to handle, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a smart idea for these areas because it doesn’t need ductwork. This all-in-one 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 shifts heating and cooling, in place of making it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with many achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the right model for your home could appear overwhelming, but our heating and cooling specialists at Winters Heating and Cooling can help. We’ll begin with a no-pressure meeting to discuss your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.

Here’s about how much you can expect to spend when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.

Average Mini-Split Installation Cost

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 around the size of a studio apartment.

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

Your exact mini-split installation cost will be different based on the type you choose and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other added costs might involve:

  • Installing a concrete pad 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 home.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Getting an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can give you access to valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for eligible systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We advise consulting with your tax professional for more info.

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

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although getting a mini-split is usually costlier than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient way to heat and cool troublesome parts of your residence. These include:

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

ENERGY STAR also suggests using mini-splits in residences with atypical challenges, such as:

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

In comparison to more common 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 precise control over temperatures from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.

Our Professionals Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you select the ideal model to expertly installing it, our specialists at Winters Heating and Cooling can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 317-406-5783 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your residence comfier and to receive your free estimate!