How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Spaces that don’t have ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system can be costly. And that additional square footage might just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to take on, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a smart option for these spaces as it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This combined heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s typically referred to as a mini-split heat pump since it shifts heating and cooling, rather than making it. Because of this, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the correct type for your residence could seem like a large task, but our heating and cooling specialists at Ilten's Incorporated can help. We’ll get started with a no-obligation appointment to learn about your needs before giving you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might be able to take advantage of.

Here’s about how much you can anticipate to be responsible for when you’re installing a ductless mini-split.

Average Mini-Split Installation Cost

One of the most frequently installed 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 usual mini-split cost for this size is approximately $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide costs for usual home improvement jobs.

Your total mini-split installation cost will differ based on the type you choose and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other extra costs could entail:

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

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 consulting with your tax professional for more info.

Energy companies in Cedar Rapids also often give rebates for purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to ensure you have the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although installing a mini-split is often more expensive than standard heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient method to heat and cool tricky rooms in your residence. These can be:

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

ENERGY STAR also recommends installing mini-splits in homes with atypical challenges, including:

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

In contrast with traditional 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 exact control over temperatures from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you pick the right model to expertly installing it, our specialists at Ilten's Incorporated can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 319-208-3295 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your residence comfier and to get your free estimate!