How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Areas without ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system may be costly. And that additional area could just be too large for your home comfort equipment to manage, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great option for these spaces because it doesn’t require ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently referred to as a mini-split heat pump since it transfers heating and cooling, instead of generating it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.

Selecting the appropriate model for your home could seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning can provide support. We’ll start with a zero-pressure consultation to learn about your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.

Here’s about how much you can anticipate to be responsible for when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.

Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation

One of the most often used 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 typical mini-split cost for this size is around $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for usual home improvement jobs.

Your total mini-split installation cost will differ based on the kind you go with and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other extra costs may entail:

  • Installing a concrete area for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
  • Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
  • Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This may be required 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 home through December 31, 2021. We advise talking with your tax professional for more info.

Energy companies in Hattiesburg also typically have rebates for installing 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 often more expensive than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient approach to heat and cool difficult areas in your residence. These involve:

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

ENERGY STAR also advises having mini-splits in houses with unique challenges, including:

  • Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Pricey central heat, either because of high fuel costs or decreased efficiency.
  • Older homes that don’t have ductwork as a result of radiator or baseboard heat.

In contrast with 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 exact control over temps 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 choose the ideal model to professionally installing it, our specialists at Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 601-292-9763 now to discover how a mini-split system can make your home comfier and to receive your free estimate!