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How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Areas without ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system could be costly. And that extra 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 wise solution for these rooms because it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically referred to as a mini-split heat pump since it moves heating and cooling, as opposed to generating it. As a result, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the appropriate model for your home might feel overwhelming, but our heating and cooling specialists at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc can help. We’ll start with a no-obligation meeting to hear about your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might be able to take advantage of.

Here’s about how much you can anticipate to be responsible for when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.

Average Mini-Split Installation Cost

One of the most often used 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 around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for typical home improvement work.

Your total mini-split installation cost will vary based on the kind you choose and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other additional costs might 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 required if you have an older home.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Buying 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 consulting with your tax professional for more info.

Energy companies in Plainfield also typically have rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out 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 usually more expensive than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient method to heat and cool difficult parts of your house. These involve:

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

ENERGY STAR also advises having mini-splits in houses with special challenges, such as:

  • 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 due to radiator or baseboard heat.

In comparison to 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 more accurage control over settings from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you select the best model to professionally installing it, our pros at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 815-410-1231 now to discover how a mini-split system can make your house cozier and to get your free estimate!