How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Rooms that lack ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a present system may be costly. And that extra square footage could just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to manage, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a wise idea for these rooms as it doesn’t need ductwork. This comprehensive 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 because it shifts heating and cooling, as opposed to creating it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with many achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Choosing the appropriate kind for your residence may appear like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling professionals at Osceola Air, LLC can offer assistance. We’ll start with a no-obligation meeting to go over 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 spend when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.

Average Mini-Split Installation Cost

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 expenses for usual home improvement projects.

Your total mini-split installation cost will differ based on the kind you select and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other additional costs may include:

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

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 qualified systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We recommend chatting with your tax professional for more info.

Energy companies in St. Cloud also typically offer rebates for buying 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 purchasing a mini-split is often costlier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient approach to heat and cool tricky spots in your residence. These involve:

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

ENERGY STAR also advises installing mini-splits in homes with special challenges, including:

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

When compared to regular 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 exact control over temps from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.

Our Professionals Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you select the right model to professionally installing it, our professionals at Osceola Air, LLC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 407-477-6319 right away to learn how a mini-split system can make your home comfier and to request your free estimate!