How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Rooms that lack ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from a present system could be pricey. And that added area could just be too large for your home comfort equipment to manage, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a smart idea for these spaces since it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s often known as a mini-split heat pump as it transfers heating and cooling, in place of creating it. As a result, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with most reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.

Choosing the appropriate type for your home might appear like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling specialists at Olde Towne Heating & Air can help. We’ll start with a zero-pressure consultation to hear about your needs before providing you with 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 often used 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 usual mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide expenses for usual home improvement projects.

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

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

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 certain systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We recommend chatting with your tax professional for more info.

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

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although buying a mini-split is often pricier than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient way to heat and cool tricky areas in your house. These involve:

  • Additions.
  • Garages.
  • Sunrooms.
  • Spaces you aren’t in very regularly.
  • Locations with hot and cold spots.

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

  • Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Expensive central heat, either because of high fuel expenses or reduced efficiency.
  • Older residences 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 have precise control over settings from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.

Our Professionals Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you pick the best model to professionally installing it, our pros at Olde Towne Heating & Air can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 843-485-0967 right away to find out how a mini-split system can make your home comfier and to get your free estimate!