How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Rooms that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a present system can be expensive. And that additional square footage could 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 great idea for these spaces because it doesn’t need ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically referred to as a mini-split heat pump since it shifts heating and cooling, rather than making it. Because of that, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Choosing the appropriate model for your residence can feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing can offer assistance. We’ll get started with a zero-obligation appointment to hear about your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.

Here’s about how much you can expect to spend 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 approximately 450–550 square feet, or about the size of a studio apartment.

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

Your total mini-split installation cost will differ based on the type you select and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other added 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 might be necessary if you have an older home.

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 talking with your tax professional for more info.

Energy companies in McMurray also usually give rebates for purchasing 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 installing a mini-split is often costlier than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient method to heat and cool troublesome parts of your home. These can be:

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

ENERGY STAR also recommends installing mini-splits in residences with atypical challenges, including:

  • Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Costly central heat, either because of high fuel prices or decreased efficiency.
  • Older residences that don’t have ductwork due to 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 have precise control over settings from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you choose the ideal model to expertly installing it, our professionals at Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 724-370-0141 right away to find out how a mini-split system can make your house comfier and to receive your free estimate!