How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Rooms that lack ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system can be pricey. And that additional square footage could just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to manage, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a wise idea for these spaces since it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two components: 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 generating it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with many achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Choosing the right kind for your home could feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling professionals at Paso Robles Heating and Air can help. We’ll start with a no-obligation consultation 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 anticipate to pay when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.

Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation

One of the most often installed sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool about 450–550 square feet, or about 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 costs for common home improvement work.

Your exact mini-split installation cost will vary based on the model you select and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other extra costs may involve:

  • 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 required if you have an older home.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

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

Energy companies in Paso Robles also often have rebates for installing 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 buying a mini-split is usually more expensive than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient method to heat and cool troublesome parts of your house. These involve:

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

ENERGY STAR also recommends having mini-splits in residences with unique challenges, like:

  • Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Costly central heat, either due to high fuel costs or low efficiency.
  • Older houses 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 have precise control over settings from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.

Our Pros Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you pick the right model to knowledgeably installing it, our pros at Paso Robles Heating and Air can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 805-203-8667 today to discover how a mini-split system can make your home more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!