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How Much Does a Mini-Split Cost?

March 19, 2021

Rooms without ductwork, such as an addition, sunroom or garage, can be a challenge to heat and cool. Adding ductwork from an existing system could be expensive. And that extra area could just be too sizeable for your home comfort equipment to manage, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.

A mini-split is a wise option for these spaces as it doesn’t need ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two pieces: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently called a mini-split heat pump since it transfers heating and cooling, instead of making it. Because of this, mini-splits are very energy-efficient, with most reaching ENERGY STAR® certification.

Picking the correct type for your home may appear overwhelming, but our heating and cooling pros at Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services can provide support. We’ll get started with a no-obligation consultation to learn about your needs before offering you a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might be eligible for.

Here’s about how much you can plan to be responsible for when you’re getting 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 approximately 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 expenses for usual home improvement work.

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

  • 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 needed if you have an older home.

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 certain systems installed at your house through December 31, 2021. We recommend chatting with your tax professional for more information.

Energy companies in Anchorage also usually give rebates for installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you figure out this process to make sure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.

Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?

Although purchasing a mini-split is usually more expensive than typical heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient approach to heat and cool troublesome rooms in your home. These involve:

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

ENERGY STAR also suggests having mini-splits in homes with unique challenges, such as:

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

In contrast with 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 have more accurage control over settings from room to room, thanks to zoned mini-split technology.

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

From helping you select the ideal model to knowledgeably installing it, our specialists at Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Call us at 907-202-9798 right away to find out how a mini-split system can make your house more comfortable and to receive your free estimate!