How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Rooms without ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system can be costly. And that additional area might just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to take on, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great option for these areas since it doesn’t need ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often known as a mini-split heat pump since it moves heating and cooling, as opposed to creating it. Because of this, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the right kind for your home may seem like a big task, but our heating and cooling professionals at Colvin's Heating and Cooling can offer assistance. We’ll begin with a zero-obligation consultation to discuss your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.

Here’s about how much you can anticipate to pay when you’re buying 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 approximately 450–550 square feet, or roughly the size of a studio apartment.

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

Your precise mini-split installation cost will be different based on the model you choose and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other additional 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 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 make you eligible for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for certain systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We recommend talking with your tax professional for more info.

Energy companies in Excelsior Springs also often offer rebates for installing 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 installing a mini-split is typically pricier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient approach to heat and cool tricky parts of your home. These involve:

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

ENERGY STAR also advises using mini-splits in residences with atypical challenges, like:

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

In contrast with 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 have precise control over settings from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you pick the ideal model to knowledgeably installing it, our pros at Colvin's Heating and Cooling can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 816-379-3918 right away to learn how a mini-split system can make your house cozier and to request your free estimate!