How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Rooms without ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a current system could be pricey. And that added space could just be too large for your home comfort equipment to take on, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a smart solution for these spaces since it doesn’t need ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often called a mini-split heat pump because it transfers heating and cooling, instead of generating it. As a result, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® certification.

Selecting the correct model for your home can seem like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling professionals at Dave's Diversified Services can help. We’ll get started with a no-pressure consultation to discuss your needs before providing you with 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 anticipate to pay when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.

Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation

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 roughly the size of a studio apartment.

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

Your total mini-split installation cost will be different based on the model you go with and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other additional costs might entail:

  • Installing a concrete pad for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
  • Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
  • Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This may be required if you have an older residence.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Buying an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can qualify you for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for qualified systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We suggest talking with your tax professional for more info.

Energy companies in Front Royal also typically give rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to confirm you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although getting a mini-split is usually more expensive than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient method to heat and cool troublesome rooms in your house. These involve:

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

ENERGY STAR also suggests using mini-splits in homes with special challenges, such as:

  • Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Pricey central heat, either due to high fuel costs or reduced efficiency.
  • Older houses that don’t have ductwork due to radiator or baseboard heat.

When compared to 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 exact control over temps from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.

Our Pros Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you choose the best model to professionally installing it, our pros at Dave's Diversified Services can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 540-369-3971 now to learn how a mini-split system can make your residence more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!