How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Areas without ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a current system could be pricey. And that extra area might just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to handle, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great option for these spaces because it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often known as a mini-split heat pump since it moves heating and cooling, rather than generating it. As a result, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Choosing the correct model for your residence may seem overwhelming, but our heating and cooling professionals at YES R&M Inc. can offer assistance. We’ll get started with a no-obligation appointment to hear about your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.

Here’s about how much you can anticipate to pay 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 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 costs for usual home improvement projects.

Your total mini-split installation cost will vary based on the type you select 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 needed if you have an older house.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Installing 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 suggest consulting with your tax professional for more details.

Energy companies in Long Beach also typically give rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to make sure you get 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 way to heat and cool difficult spots in your residence. These include:

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

ENERGY STAR also advises installing mini-splits in houses with atypical challenges, including:

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

When compared 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 have more accurage control over settings from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you choose the right model to expertly installing it, our pros at YES R&M Inc. can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 562-286-6624 now to discover how a mini-split system can make your residence comfier and to receive your free estimate!