How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Spaces that lack ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Extending ductwork from a present system may be pricey. And that extra square footage may 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 smart option for these spaces because it doesn’t require ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently known as a mini-split heat pump as it moves heating and cooling, in place of generating it. Because of that, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with the majority reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.

Selecting the right type for your residence could feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at Air-Right Energy Design, Inc. can help. We’ll begin with a zero-pressure meeting to review your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might be able to take advantage of.

Here’s about how much you can expect to be responsible for 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 about 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 typical home improvement projects.

Your precise mini-split installation cost will be different based on the model you go with and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other additional costs may entail:

  • 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 required if you have an older residence.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Buying an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can qualify you for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for qualified systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We suggest chatting with your tax professional for more information.

Energy companies in Manassas also often offer rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to ensure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although installing a mini-split is usually pricier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient approach to heat and cool tricky spots in your residence. These include:

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

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

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

When compared 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 get precise control over temps from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.

Our Professionals Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you pick the best model to knowledgeably installing it, our professionals at Air-Right Energy Design, Inc. can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 703-260-1148 today to discover how a mini-split system can make your residence cozier and to request your free estimate!