How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Areas that lack ductwork, like an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system could be pricey. And that added square footage may just be too large for your home comfort equipment to handle, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a great option for these areas because it doesn’t have to have ductwork. This comprehensive heating and cooling system has two pieces: 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, as opposed to generating it. Because of that, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® certification.

Choosing the correct kind for your residence might seem like a lot of work, but our heating and cooling pros at Airmax Long Island Inc can offer assistance. We’ll start with a zero-pressure consultation to discuss your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also review any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.

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

Estimated Cost for Mini-Split Installation

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

Your exact mini-split installation cost will differ based on the kind you choose and how energy efficient it is. Per HomeAdvisor, other additional costs may entail:

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

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 select systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We advise chatting with your tax professional for more details.

Energy companies in Suffolk/Nassau County also often give rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate 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 usually more expensive than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient way to heat and cool troublesome spots in your home. These include:

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

ENERGY STAR also advises having mini-splits in residences with atypical challenges, like:

  • Costly electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
  • Pricey central heat, either because of high fuel prices or low efficiency.
  • Older residences that don’t have ductwork due to radiator or baseboard heat.

In comparison 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 more accurage control over temperatures from room to room, because of zoned mini-split technology.

Our Professionals Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you pick the right model to expertly installing it, our specialists at Airmax Long Island Inc can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 631-737-5566 now to discover how a mini-split system can make your house more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!