How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Rooms that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from an existing system may be expensive. And that added space could just be too large for your home comfort equipment to handle, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a smart idea for these areas because it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically known as a mini-split heat pump because it transfers heating and cooling, in place of generating it. Because of that, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with many reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the appropriate kind for your residence can seem like a big task, but our heating and cooling pros at Watts Electric & A/C Inc can offer assistance. We’ll get started with a no-obligation consultation to discuss your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.

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

Average Mini-Split Installation Cost

One of the most often installed 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 usual mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for usual home improvement jobs.

Your exact mini-split installation cost will vary based on the model you go with and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other additional costs might entail:

  • Installing a concrete area for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
  • Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
  • Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This may 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 select systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We recommend chatting with your tax professional for more details.

Energy companies in Columbia also usually have rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to ensure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although buying a mini-split is typically more expensive than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient approach to heat and cool difficult areas in your residence. These involve:

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

ENERGY STAR also recommends having mini-splits in houses with special challenges, such as:

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

In contrast with 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 have more accurage control over settings from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.

Our Specialists Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you select the right model to professionally installing it, our pros at Watts Electric & A/C Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 601-736-7362 today to discover how a mini-split system can make your house cozier and to request your free estimate!