How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Rooms that lack ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a present system could be costly. And that additional space could just be too large for your home comfort equipment to manage, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great option for these areas as it doesn’t require ductwork. This comprehensive 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 as it transfers heating and cooling, instead of generating it. Because of that, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with many reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.

Choosing the correct kind for your residence can appear like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning can help. We’ll begin with a no-obligation meeting to learn about your needs before offering you 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 expect to spend when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.

Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation

One of the most popular sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool approximately 450–550 square feet, or about the size of a studio apartment.

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

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

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

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Installing an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can qualify you for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for eligible systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We suggest chatting with your tax professional for more details.

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

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although installing a mini-split is often more expensive than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient approach to heat and cool troublesome parts of your house. These include:

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

ENERGY STAR also suggests having mini-splits in houses with special challenges, including:

  • Expensive electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Pricey central heat, either because of high fuel prices or reduced efficiency.
  • Older homes 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 exact control over settings from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.

Our Pros Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you choose the ideal model to expertly installing it, our professionals at Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 209-257-3156 today to discover how a mini-split system can make your home comfier and to receive your free estimate!