How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Rooms without ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system could be pricey. And that extra area could just be too large for your home comfort equipment to manage, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great option for these rooms 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 known as a mini-split heat pump since it transfers heating and cooling, instead of creating it. Because of that, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with many achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Choosing the right kind for your home may feel overwhelming, but our heating and cooling specialists at Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. can help. We’ll get started with a zero-pressure consultation to learn about your needs before giving you 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 plan to pay when you’re buying 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 an estimated 450–550 square feet, or roughly the size of a studio apartment.

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

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

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

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Installing 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 recommend consulting with your tax professional for more info.

Energy companies in Anaheim also typically offer rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to confirm 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 more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient way to heat and cool troublesome areas in your home. These involve:

  • Additions.
  • Garages.
  • Sunrooms.
  • Spaces you aren’t in very frequently.
  • Spaces with hot and cold spots.

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

  • Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Costly central heat, either as a result of high fuel prices or low efficiency.
  • Older homes 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 get more accurage control over settings from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.

Our Specialists Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you pick the ideal model to knowledgeably installing it, our pros at Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 714-855-1717 right away to find out how a mini-split system can make your house more comfortable and to request your free estimate!