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How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Spaces without ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system could be costly. And that additional area might just be too big for your home comfort equipment to take on, since your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great option for these spaces because it doesn’t require ductwork. This combined 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 since it shifts heating and cooling, instead of creating it. Because of that, mini-splits are highly energy-efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® certification.

Selecting the right type for your home can seem like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling professionals at American HVAC Inc can offer assistance. We’ll get started with a no-pressure meeting to discuss your needs before offering 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 plan to pay when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.

Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation

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 about the size of a studio apartment.

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

Your exact mini-split installation cost will differ based on the model you select and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other extra costs may 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 needed if you have an older residence.

Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Getting an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can qualify you for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for select systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We recommend talking with your tax professional for more details.

Energy companies in San Jose also often offer rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you go through this process to make sure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although buying a mini-split is usually more expensive than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s an extremely efficient method to heat and cool difficult parts of your home. These can be:

  • Additions.
  • Garages.
  • Sunrooms.
  • Areas you aren’t in very often.
  • Rooms with hot and cold spots.

ENERGY STAR also suggests having mini-splits in residences with special challenges, such as:

  • Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Costly central heat, either due to high fuel costs or decreased efficiency.
  • Older houses that don’t have ductwork because of 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 more accurage control over temps from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you choose the ideal model to knowledgeably installing it, our professionals at American HVAC Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 408-215-1018 now to find out how a mini-split system can make your home more comfortable and to request your free estimate!