How to Heat and Cool a New Area in Your House That Doesn’t Include Ductwork 

Whether you add a sunroom, family room or other space to your residence, being comfortable in your new room regardless of outdoor temperatures is key. However, they can make a unique situation for heating and cooling. This is since installing ductwork is pricey. And that your heating and cooling system may not be able to handle the higher load, because it was sized without including the addition.

One of the most cost-effective options is to install a mini-split. This system provides energy-efficient heating and cooling, with no ductwork required. Find out more about mini-splits and how adding one to your addition could be a fantastic solution.

All About Mini-Splits and How They Work

A ductless mini-split, because they’re very similar to ducted heat pumps that southern homeowners have used for decades.

Heat pumps are extremely energy efficient because they transfer heat to make your addition more comfortable. In reality, many have reached ENERGY STAR® certification, which can make you eligible for extra rebates and decrease your heating and cooling expenses for a long time.

Another special feature involves zoned heating and cooling. As each room usually has its own indoor unit, you can choose your preferred temperature from room to room. As an example, a mini-split AC is very helpful if you have a space with special temperature needs, including a home gym.

Why a Mini-Split is Worth It for Your Addition

Installing a mini-split system is worth it for rooms that lack ductwork. Here are a couple reasons why it’s better than adding ductwork and relying on your existing heating and cooling system.

    1. Extending ductwork is pricey. Adding ductwork in your new addition can be costly. Although the exact figure will depend on your home, it run thousands of dollars.
    1. Your current home comfort system might become overworked. When your present heating and cooling system was put in, it was based on the square footage of your house in advance of the addition. This may overwhelm your system and make it fail faster.
    1. Your comfort might decrease. Because your heating and cooling system is sized for exact square footage, your comfort could be reduced if your system is required to take care of a bigger location. Your heating and cooling might be less effective, and your electricity and gas costs may increase due to the system needing to operate more regularly.

What Size Mini-Split You Need

Like more common 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 partner our Experts at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we’ll help you choose the right size for your new area. And your wallet.

An ENERGY STAR mini-split unit can generate sizable energy savings over its life span, which can be 20 years or greater when adequately maintained. 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 & Plumbing for Your Mini-Split Installation

From taking care of all your questions and helping you pick the ideal model to supplying Expert mini-split installation, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing can handle all your mini-split needs. If you’re thinking about a home addition or recently completed one, we can provide support. Give us a call at 866-397-3787 today to request a free consultation and estimate.

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