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How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Areas that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be difficult to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system can be expensive. And that added area might just be too big for your home comfort equipment to handle, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great solution for these rooms because it doesn’t need ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently known as a mini-split heat pump since it shifts heating and cooling, in place of generating it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Selecting the appropriate type for your residence may seem like a big task, but our heating and cooling specialists at JTech Mechanical can provide support. We’ll start with a no-obligation consultation to hear about your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also go over any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.

Here’s about how much you can anticipate to spend when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.

Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation

One of the most often installed 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 typical mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for common home improvement work.

Your precise mini-split installation cost will be different based on the kind you go with and how energy efficient it is. As mentioned by HomeAdvisor, other extra costs could include:

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

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

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

Energy companies in Magnolia also often give 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 buying a mini-split is typically pricier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient method to heat and cool difficult rooms in your residence. These can be:

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

ENERGY STAR also recommends using mini-splits in residences with atypical challenges, including:

  • Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Costly central heat, either as a result of high fuel expenses or decreased efficiency.
  • Older residences that don’t have ductwork due to 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 get more accurage control over settings from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.

Our Professionals Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you choose the ideal model to professionally installing it, our pros at JTech Mechanical can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 281-231-8768 right away to discover how a mini-split system can make your house more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!