How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Areas that lack ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a current system can be pricey. And that additional square footage might just be too big for your home comfort equipment to manage, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a wise solution for these spaces because it doesn’t require ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two parts: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often called a mini-split heat pump because it shifts heating and cooling, rather than making it. As a result, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with the majority reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.

Selecting the appropriate kind for your residence can seem like a big task, but our heating and cooling professionals at Northern Comfort Inc can provide support. We’ll get started with a zero-obligation meeting to review your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.

Here’s about how much you can plan to be responsible for when you’re getting 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 roughly the size of a studio apartment.

With professional installation, the average mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for typical home improvement jobs.

Your total mini-split installation cost will be different based on the model you go with and how energy efficient it is. According to 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 needed if you have an older house.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Getting 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 house through December 31, 2021. We suggest consulting with your tax professional for more details.

Energy companies in Mankato area also usually offer rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to confirm you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although installing a mini-split is often pricier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient approach to heat and cool troublesome spots in your house. These include:

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

ENERGY STAR also suggests having mini-splits in homes with unique challenges, including:

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

In comparison 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 have precise control over settings from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.

Our Pros Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you pick the best model to expertly installing it, our pros at Northern Comfort Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 507-387-6596 today to learn how a mini-split system can make your home cozier and to request your free estimate!