How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Areas that lack ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system may be expensive. And that added square footage might just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to manage, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a smart option for these spaces because it doesn’t need ductwork. This combined 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 as it shifts heating and cooling, instead of generating it. As a result, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® certification.

Choosing the appropriate type for your house might appear like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling professionals at Knoechel Heating Company can offer assistance. We’ll begin with a zero-obligation consultation to hear about your needs before providing you with 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 expect to spend when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.

Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation

One of the most often used sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool an estimated 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 work.

Your precise mini-split installation cost will vary based on the type you choose and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other extra costs may involve:

  • Installing a concrete area 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 residence.

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 qualified systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We suggest talking with your tax professional for more info.

Energy companies in Zelienople also typically offer rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to ensure you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although purchasing a mini-split is typically pricier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient approach to heat and cool troublesome rooms in your house. These include:

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

ENERGY STAR also suggests having mini-splits in residences with special challenges, including:

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

In contrast with regular 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 temperatures from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.

Our Specialists Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you choose the right model to knowledgeably installing it, our professionals at Knoechel Heating Company can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 724-425-5852 today to find out how a mini-split system can make your house comfier and to receive your free estimate!