How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Rooms that don’t have ductwork, such as 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 may just be too big for your home comfort equipment to take on, as your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a wise option for these spaces 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 often referred to as a mini-split heat pump because it shifts heating and cooling, as opposed to creating it. Because of this, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® certification.

Selecting the right model for your residence can appear overwhelming, but our heating and cooling pros at Honke Heating & AC can help. We’ll get started with a zero-pressure appointment to review 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 expect to be responsible for when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.

Average 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 around 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 prices for usual home improvement projects.

Your total mini-split installation cost will vary based on the kind you choose and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other extra costs may include:

  • Installing a concrete pad 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 residence.

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 home through December 31, 2021. We suggest consulting with your tax professional for more information.

Energy companies in Gresham also often offer 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 buying a mini-split is usually pricier than more common heating and cooling systems, it’s a highly efficient approach to heat and cool difficult areas in your residence. These can be:

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

ENERGY STAR also recommends installing mini-splits in houses with atypical challenges, such as:

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

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

Our Specialists Can Handle All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs

From helping you pick the right model to expertly installing it, our specialists at Honke Heating & AC can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Reach us at 503-663-8033 today to learn how a mini-split system can make your home more comfortable and to get your free estimate!