How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Areas that lack ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a current system may be expensive. And that added 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 smart option for these spaces because it doesn’t need ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically called a mini-split heat pump as it transfers heating and cooling, in place of making it. As a result, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with most reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.

Choosing the correct kind for your home might feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning can help. We’ll start with a zero-pressure appointment to learn about your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might be able to take advantage of.

Here’s about how much you can anticipate to pay when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.

Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation

One of the most frequently installed sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool an estimated 450–550 square feet, or about the size of a studio apartment.

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

Your precise mini-split installation cost will be different based on the type you choose and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other added costs may entail:

  • 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 needed if you have an older residence.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Installing an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can make you eligible for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for select systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We recommend chatting with your tax professional for more information.

Energy companies in Bossier City also typically offer rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to make sure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although getting a mini-split is usually costlier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient way to heat and cool tricky spots in your residence. These include:

  • Additions.
  • Garages.
  • Sunrooms.
  • Rooms you aren’t in very regularly.
  • Locations with hot and cold spots.

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

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

In comparison to 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 get precise control over temperatures from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.

Our Professionals Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you choose the ideal model to knowledgeably installing it, our specialists at Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 800-COOLING right away to discover how a mini-split system can make your residence comfier and to receive your free estimate!