How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Spaces that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system may be costly. And that added space could just be too large for your home comfort equipment to manage, since 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 comprehensive heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically called a mini-split heat pump because it shifts heating and cooling, in place of generating it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® certification.

Selecting the correct model for your residence could feel overwhelming, but our heating and cooling professionals at WM J Kraus & Son can help. We’ll get started with a no-pressure appointment to go over your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also discuss 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 Mini-Split Installation Cost

One of the most frequently installed 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 typical mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for typical home improvement projects.

Your total mini-split installation cost will be different based on the type you select and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other extra costs might involve:

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

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Getting 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 house through December 31, 2021. We suggest consulting with your tax professional for more details.

Energy companies in Keokuk also often have rebates for installing 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 installing a mini-split is usually pricier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient way to heat and cool tricky parts of your house. These involve:

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

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

  • Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Expensive central heat, either due to high fuel costs or decreased efficiency.
  • Older residences that don’t have ductwork as a result 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 get exact control over settings from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.

Our Specialists Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you pick the best model to knowledgeably installing it, our professionals at WM J Kraus & Son can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 319-229-2318 right away to find out how a mini-split system can make your house comfier and to receive your free estimate!