How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Rooms that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a current system can be expensive. And that additional square footage might just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to manage, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great solution for these spaces as it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often called a mini-split heat pump since it moves heating and cooling, rather than creating it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Choosing the right type for your home can appear like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling pros at American HVAC Inc can offer assistance. We’ll begin with a zero-pressure meeting to discuss your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.

Here’s about how much you can plan to pay 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 approximately 450–550 square feet, or about the size of a studio apartment.

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

Your precise mini-split installation cost will vary based on the type you choose and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other added costs could involve:

  • 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 needed if you have an older house.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Buying an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can make you eligible for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for select systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We advise consulting with your tax professional for more details.

Energy companies in Sacramento also usually give rebates for buying 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 installing a mini-split is usually costlier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient approach to heat and cool difficult areas in your home. These involve:

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

ENERGY STAR also advises installing mini-splits in residences with unique challenges, including:

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

In comparison to 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 enjoy more accurage control over settings from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.

Our Professionals Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you select the ideal model to expertly installing it, our professionals at American HVAC Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 916-243-6714 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your home cozier and to get your free estimate!