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How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Areas without ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from an existing system can be pricey. And that extra area may just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to handle, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a smart solution for these areas because it doesn’t need ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically called a mini-split heat pump as it shifts heating and cooling, instead of making it. Because of that, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the appropriate kind for your house could feel like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling pros at Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc can help. We’ll begin with a zero-pressure consultation to hear about your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.

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

Average Mini-Split Installation Cost

One of the most frequently 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 around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for common home improvement work.

Your total mini-split installation cost will vary based on the model you choose and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other additional costs could entail:

  • Installing a concrete area 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?

Buying an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can give you access to valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for certain systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We recommend talking with your tax professional for more details.

Energy companies in Carpentersville also usually offer rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to make sure you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although getting a mini-split is typically more expensive than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient way to heat and cool difficult areas in your residence. These can be:

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

ENERGY STAR also suggests installing mini-splits in residences with atypical challenges, such as:

  • Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Expensive central heat, either due to high fuel costs or low efficiency.
  • Older homes that don’t have ductwork as a result 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 get precise control over temperatures from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.

Our Pros Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you pick the ideal model to knowledgeably installing it, our pros at Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 224-412-8308 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your residence comfier and to get your free estimate!