How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Spaces without ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system may be costly. And that added square footage might just be too big for your home comfort equipment to handle, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great solution for these areas since it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently referred to as a mini-split heat pump since it transfers heating and cooling, instead of generating it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Choosing the appropriate model for your house could seem overwhelming, but our heating and cooling specialists at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc can offer assistance. We’ll begin with a no-obligation appointment to learn about your needs before giving you 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 plan to spend when you’re getting 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 approximately 450–550 square feet, or around 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 prices for usual home improvement work.

Your exact mini-split installation cost will differ based on the model you choose and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other extra costs may involve:

  • Installing a concrete slab 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 give you access to valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for eligible systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We advise talking with your tax professional for more details.

Energy companies in Saint Petersburg also often have rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate 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 typically more expensive than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient method to heat and cool difficult areas in your residence. These include:

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

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

  • Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Costly central heat, either because of high fuel expenses or reduced 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 get more accurage control over temperatures from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.

Our Pros Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you pick the best model to knowledgeably installing it, our specialists at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 727-369-6195 today to find out how a mini-split system can make your home comfier and to request your free estimate!