How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Spaces without ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system may be pricey. And that added area may just be too large for your home comfort equipment to manage, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a smart solution for these areas since it doesn’t require ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently called a mini-split heat pump since it transfers heating and cooling, rather than generating it. Because of that, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the appropriate kind for your house might feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling professionals at Precision Mechanical can provide support. We’ll begin with a zero-obligation meeting to learn about your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.

Here’s about how much you can expect to be responsible for when you’re buying 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 about 450–550 square feet, or roughly the size of a studio apartment.

With professional installation, the typical mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for usual home improvement work.

Your total mini-split installation cost will be different based on the type you go with and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other added costs might include:

  • 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 necessary if you have an older house.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Getting an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can give you access to valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for select systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We advise talking with your tax professional for more information.

Energy companies in Rapid City also typically have rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to confirm you receive 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 standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient approach to heat and cool tricky areas in your home. These involve:

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

ENERGY STAR also advises having mini-splits in homes with unique challenges, including:

  • Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Pricey central heat, either because of high fuel prices or reduced efficiency.
  • Older houses that don’t have ductwork due to 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 precise control over settings from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you choose the best model to knowledgeably installing it, our professionals at Precision Mechanical can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 605-206-3766 now to discover how a mini-split system can make your house more comfortable and to request your free estimate!