How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Spaces that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a present system could be pricey. And that added space could just be too big for your home comfort equipment to take on, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a wise solution for these areas because it doesn’t require ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically known as a mini-split heat pump because it transfers heating and cooling, instead of making it. Because of that, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the appropriate kind for your home may feel like a big task, but our heating and cooling professionals at Vogts Heating & Air can offer assistance. We’ll start with a zero-pressure appointment to go over your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might be able to take advantage of.

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

Average Mini-Split Installation Cost

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 roughly 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 prices for common home improvement jobs.

Your exact mini-split installation cost will differ based on the type you choose and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other added costs might 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?

Buying 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 residence through December 31, 2021. We recommend talking with your tax professional for more information.

Energy companies in Pocatello also typically have rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to make sure you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although purchasing a mini-split is typically pricier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient way to heat and cool troublesome parts of your residence. These involve:

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

ENERGY STAR also suggests using mini-splits in houses with atypical challenges, such as:

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

In contrast with 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 exact control over temperatures from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you choose the right model to expertly installing it, our specialists at Vogts Heating & Air can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 208-621-0129 now to learn how a mini-split system can make your house cozier and to get your free estimate!