How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Spaces that lack ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from a present system may be costly. And that extra square footage may just be too large for your home comfort equipment to handle, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great option for these rooms because it doesn’t need ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently called a mini-split heat pump as it transfers heating and cooling, instead of creating it. As a result, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Choosing the right kind for your residence could appear overwhelming, but our heating and cooling pros at Abilene Air-Tech Inc can offer assistance. We’ll start with a zero-obligation appointment to discuss your needs before providing you with 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 expect to be responsible for when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.

Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation

One of the most popular sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool about 450–550 square feet, or around 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 prices for typical home improvement work.

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

  • 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 needed if you have an older home.

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 eligible systems installed at your home through December 31, 2021. We advise consulting with your tax professional for more details.

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

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although getting a mini-split is often costlier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient way to heat and cool difficult areas in your residence. These include:

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

ENERGY STAR also recommends having mini-splits in residences with special challenges, like:

  • Costly 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 due to radiator or baseboard heat.

In contrast with 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 enjoy more accurage control over temperatures from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you select the ideal model to knowledgeably installing it, our specialists at Abilene Air-Tech Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 325-200-4667 today to find out how a mini-split system can make your house comfier and to get your free estimate!

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