How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Areas without ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system can be pricey. And that added space may just be too big for your home comfort equipment to take on, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a wise idea for these rooms because it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically referred to as a mini-split heat pump as it moves heating and cooling, in place of generating it. Because of that, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® certification.

Choosing the appropriate model for your residence can seem like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling pros at Aggressive Mechanical can help. We’ll get started with a zero-pressure appointment to learn about your needs before giving 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 plan to be responsible for when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.

Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation

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

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

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

  • 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 residence.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

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

Energy companies in Neptune City also often give rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to confirm you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although purchasing a mini-split is often more expensive than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient approach to heat and cool tricky spots in your home. These involve:

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

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

  • Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Costly central heat, either due to high fuel costs or reduced efficiency.
  • Older residences that don’t have ductwork as a result of 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 enjoy more accurage control over temperatures from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.

Our Specialists Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you select the right model to knowledgeably installing it, our pros at Aggressive Mechanical can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 732-806-5536 today to find out how a mini-split system can make your residence more comfortable and to get your free estimate!