How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Rooms without ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system could be pricey. And that additional square footage may 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 idea for these rooms as 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 typically known as a mini-split heat pump as it shifts heating and cooling, in place of generating it. As a result, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the right kind for your residence can feel like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling specialists at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. can help. We’ll start with a no-pressure meeting to review your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.

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

Average Cost for Mini-Split Installation

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

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

Your total mini-split installation cost will vary based on the type you go with and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other additional 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 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 qualified systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We advise consulting with your tax professional for more information.

Energy companies in Beaverton also often offer rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to confirm you receive the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although buying a mini-split is usually costlier than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient approach to heat and cool difficult areas in your home. These include:

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

ENERGY STAR also suggests having mini-splits in homes with atypical challenges, such as:

  • Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Pricey central heat, either as a result of high fuel expenses or low efficiency.
  • Older residences 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 enjoy exact control over settings from room to room, due to zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you choose the best model to knowledgeably installing it, our professionals at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 503-374-1934 now to discover how a mini-split system can make your house comfier and to request your free estimate!