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How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Spaces that lack ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a present system can be costly. And that additional space may just be too large for your home comfort equipment to handle, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a wise idea for these rooms as 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 transfers heating and cooling, instead of making it. Because of that, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the appropriate model for your home may feel like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling professionals at Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc can offer assistance. We’ll start with a no-obligation meeting to discuss your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.

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

Estimated 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 about 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 costs for typical home improvement projects.

Your total mini-split installation cost will differ based on the type you choose and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other extra costs could entail:

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

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Buying 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 house through December 31, 2021. We recommend talking with your tax professional for more details.

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

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although buying a mini-split is usually pricier than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient approach to heat and cool tricky rooms in your residence. These can be:

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

ENERGY STAR also suggests having mini-splits in houses with atypical challenges, like:

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

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

From helping you select the ideal model to expertly installing it, our specialists at Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 262-358-9468 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your home cozier and to get your free estimate!