How to Heat and Cool a New Addition on Your Home That Doesnt Include Ductwork

Whether you add a sunroom, family room or other addition to your house, being comfortable in your new space year-round is a priority. However, they can make a unique situation for contentment. This is due to the fact installing ductwork is costly. And that your heating and cooling system may not be work properly with the higher load, since it was sized without including the addition.

One of the most cost-effective solutions is to install a mini-split. This system delivers energy-efficient heating and cooling, all without ductwork. Learn more about mini-splits and how installing one in your addition could be a fantastic option.

All About Mini-Splits and How They Heat and Cool

A ductless mini-split has an outdoor condenser that can be hooked up to more than one indoor units. These units are slim, quiet and often installed on the wall. These systems shift heat from indoor or outdoor air, so they’re regularly referred to as a mini-split heat pump, since they’re much like ducted heat pumps that southern homeowners have used for decades.

Heat pumps are highly energy efficient because they shift heat to make your addition comfier. In actuality, many have achieved ENERGY STAR® certification, which can make you eligible for added rebates and reduce your heating and cooling costs for many years.

Another exclusive feature includes zoned heating and cooling. Because each room typically has a dedicated indoor unit, you can set your preferred temperature from room to room. For example, a mini-split AC is very helpful if you have a space with specific temperature needs, like a home gym.

Why a Mini-Split is Worth It for Your Room

Installing a mini-split system is worth it for rooms that don’t have ductwork. Here are several reasons why it’s wiser than adding ductwork and leaning on your existing heating and cooling system.

  1. Installing ductwork is pricey. Installing ductwork in your new addition can add up quickly. Although the exact figure will depend on your unique situation, it run thousands of dollars.
  2. Your current home comfort system may become stressed. When your present heating and cooling system was chosen, it was based on the square footage of your residence before the addition. This could stress your system and make it fail more rapidly.
  3. Your comfort might be impacted. Because your heating and cooling system is sized for precise square footage, your comfort may decrease if your system has to cover a larger location. Your heating and cooling could be less efficient, and your electricity and gas bills might increase as a result of the system needing to run more frequently.

What Size Mini-Split You Should Get

Like traditional systems, mini-splits are available in varying sizes based on the square footage they’ll be heating and cooling. Here are three of the most regularly installed sizes:

  • 400-650 square feet – 12,000 BTU mini-split
  • 600-1,000 square feet – 18,000 BTU mini-split
  • 800-1,300 square feet – 24,000 BTU mini-split

When you work with our Experts at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ll help you select the proper size for your new addition. And your price point.

An ENERGY STAR mini-split unit can create huge energy savings over its life cycle, which can be 20 years or longer when adequately tuned up. ENERGY STAR says installing one can save you 60% on heating and 30% on cooling, in contrast to an electric heating system and conventional air conditioner.

Trust Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for Your Mini-Split Installation

From answering all your questions and helping you pick the recommended model to providing Expert mini-split installation, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can accommodate all your mini-split needs. If you’re thinking about a home addition or recently wrapped one up, we can help. Reach us at 866-397-3787 now to request a free consultation and estimate.

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