How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Areas that don’t have ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system can be expensive. And that additional area could just be too large for your home comfort equipment to take on, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great option for these areas since it doesn’t require ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often referred to as a mini-split heat pump because it shifts heating and cooling, in place of creating it. As a result, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® certification.

Selecting the correct kind for your residence can seem like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling pros at Bell Air Conditioning Inc can provide support. We’ll begin with a zero-pressure consultation to hear about your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.

Here’s about how much you can expect to spend when you’re buying a ductless mini-split.

Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation

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

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

Your total mini-split installation cost will be different based on the kind you select and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other extra costs might include:

  • 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 needed if you have an older home.

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 qualified systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We suggest talking with your tax professional for more info.

Energy companies in Temple/Belton also usually offer rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to make sure you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although purchasing a mini-split is often more expensive than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient way to heat and cool tricky parts of your house. These include:

  • Additions.
  • Garages.
  • Sunrooms.
  • Rooms you don’t visit very often.
  • Spaces with hot and cold spots.

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

  • Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Expensive central heat, either due to high fuel prices or reduced efficiency.
  • Older residences that don’t have ductwork because of 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 exact control over temperatures from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.

Our Specialists Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you choose the right model to professionally installing it, our pros at Bell Air Conditioning Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 254-307-9572 now to learn how a mini-split system can make your home cozier and to request your free estimate!