How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Areas that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a current system could be expensive. And that additional square footage could just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to handle, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a smart solution for these spaces as it doesn’t need ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two pieces: 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 creating it. Because of that, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Selecting the right model for your residence might feel like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling professionals at Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc can help. We’ll start with a no-pressure appointment to discuss your needs before giving 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 spend when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.

Average Mini-Split Installation Cost

One of the most popular sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool an estimated 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 prices for common home improvement projects.

Your total mini-split installation cost will vary based on the model you choose and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other extra costs might entail:

  • Installing a concrete slab for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
  • Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
  • Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This may be needed if you have an older house.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

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

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

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although getting a mini-split is typically pricier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient method to heat and cool troublesome rooms in your home. These include:

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

ENERGY STAR also suggests using mini-splits in houses with unique challenges, including:

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

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

Our Pros Can Take Care of All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you choose the best model to knowledgeably installing it, our pros at Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 602-832-7808 right away to discover how a mini-split system can make your house more comfortable and to request your free estimate!