How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Areas that lack ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system can be costly. And that added space could just be too big for your home comfort equipment to handle, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a wise option for these rooms because it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often called a mini-split heat pump as it moves heating and cooling, instead of making it. Because of that, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with many achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the appropriate type for your residence might appear like a big task, but our heating and cooling professionals at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services can offer assistance. We’ll begin with a no-obligation appointment to review your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.

Here’s about how much you can plan to pay when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.

Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation

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 around 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 expenses for usual home improvement jobs.

Your total mini-split installation cost will be different based on the type you select and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other extra 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 might be necessary if you have an older house.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

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

Energy companies in Hudsonville also typically offer rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to confirm you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although buying a mini-split is usually costlier than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient method to heat and cool troublesome areas in your home. These involve:

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

ENERGY STAR also suggests having mini-splits in houses with atypical challenges, like:

  • Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Pricey central heat, either because of high fuel expenses or low efficiency.
  • Older homes that don’t have ductwork because of 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 get more accurage control over temperatures from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.

Our Pros Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you choose the right model to expertly installing it, our professionals at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at (616) 669-3961 today to find out how a mini-split system can make your home cozier and to receive your free estimate!