How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Areas that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system may be expensive. And that additional area could just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to take on, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a smart solution for these spaces since it doesn’t require ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently called a mini-split heat pump because it shifts heating and cooling, rather than making it. Because of this, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® certification.

Choosing the appropriate type for your residence can seem overwhelming, but our heating and cooling pros at ACS Heating and Air Conditioning can provide support. We’ll begin with a zero-obligation appointment to hear about 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 plan to spend when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.

Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation

One of the most often used sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool an estimated 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 expenses for usual home improvement projects.

Your total mini-split installation cost will vary based on the kind you choose and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other extra costs may 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?

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

Energy companies in Tucker also often give rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to make sure you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although buying a mini-split is often pricier than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient method to heat and cool troublesome areas in your home. These can be:

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

ENERGY STAR also recommends installing mini-splits in homes with unique challenges, like:

  • Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Costly central heat, either as a result of high fuel expenses 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 precise control over settings from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you choose the right model to professionally installing it, our pros at ACS Heating and Air Conditioning can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 770-450-1539 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your home more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!