How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Spaces that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system can be pricey. And that extra space may just be too large for your home comfort equipment to take on, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a smart idea for these areas because it doesn’t require ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently called a mini-split heat pump as it moves heating and cooling, instead of making it. Because of that, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with many achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the correct kind for your residence may seem overwhelming, but our heating and cooling professionals at GV Heating & Air can help. We’ll get started with a no-pressure consultation to learn about your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.

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

Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation

One of the most often installed 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 expenses for common home improvement jobs.

Your precise mini-split installation cost will be different based on the model you go with and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other additional costs may entail:

  • 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 required if you have an older house.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Getting an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can give you access to valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for certain systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We suggest consulting with your tax professional for more information.

Energy companies in Crystal and Twin Cities also usually offer rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to confirm you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although purchasing a mini-split is often pricier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient way to heat and cool difficult spots in your home. These can be:

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

ENERGY STAR also suggests having mini-splits in residences with atypical challenges, such as:

  • Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Costly central heat, either as a result of high fuel costs or reduced efficiency.
  • Older houses that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.

In comparison to 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 precise control over temps 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 pick the best model to expertly installing it, our professionals at GV Heating & Air can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 763-535-2000 today to learn how a mini-split system can make your residence cozier and to receive your free estimate!