How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Areas that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from an existing system may be expensive. And that additional area might just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to take on, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great solution for these spaces because it doesn’t need ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently known as a mini-split heat pump because it moves heating and cooling, instead of creating it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.

Choosing the correct type for your house could seem like a big task, but our heating and cooling pros at Bon Air Service Company can help. We’ll get started with a zero-obligation meeting to discuss 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 plan 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 about 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 expenses for usual home improvement jobs.

Your exact mini-split installation cost will differ based on the model you go with and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other added costs may involve:

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

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Getting 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 residence through December 31, 2021. We advise talking with your tax professional for more info.

Energy companies in Grand Prairie also typically offer rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to ensure you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although buying a mini-split is usually costlier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient approach to heat and cool troublesome areas in your home. These can be:

  • Additions.
  • Garages.
  • Sunrooms.
  • Spaces you aren’t in very frequently.
  • Spaces with hot and cold spots.

ENERGY STAR also advises using mini-splits in houses with unique challenges, including:

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

In contrast with 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 enjoy precise control over temperatures from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you choose the right model to expertly installing it, our pros at Bon Air Service Company can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 972-332-1028 today to discover how a mini-split system can make your home cozier and to receive your free estimate!