Whether you’re building a second family room, a guest suite or enlarging the kitchen, having more square footage in your house is sure to be convenient. Just remember to consider the heating and cooling necessities of the new area. One of those factors should cover whether you should upgrade your HVAC system for a home addition in West Chester. Our instructions will help you as you take the first step in the process.
Option 1: No Upgrade Necessary
If the home addition calls for growing a room as opposed to adding totally new rooms, you may not need to enhance the HVAC system at all. This is usually the situation if your heating and cooling system was too big to begin with. Schedule a load calculation from an Expert technician, such as one from Wesley Wood Service Experts by calling 484-401-7577. This will affect if your present HVAC setup can handle the modifications you’ve made to your house.
Option 2: Replace Your HVAC System
Another idea for bringing heat and air conditioning into your home addition is to extend the ductwork from your present forced-air system. If you use radiators or baseboard heating, you can extend hot water piping to the new space.
Please note that, in addition to ductwork or water piping, you could also have to put in HVAC equipment to manage the increased load. The ensuing increase in electricity consumption may even call for an enhanced electrical panel. If your heating and cooling system is due for a replacement soon, this might be a good solution.
Option 3: Get a Ductless Mini-Split
Rather than upgrading your existing unit to cover the added space, you can put in a freestanding one. Ductless mini-splits are ideal for this. They use two parts. There’s a condensing component that is placed on cement outside, similar to an air conditioner. Then there’s the sleek indoor blower that is installed to the ceiling or wall.
Similar to a central heat pump, mini-split HVAC systems deliver both heating and cooling for all-season comfort from a single piece of equipment.
Since it uses a wall- or ceiling-mounted air handler, no ductwork is required. You can even join up to four indoor air handlers with one outdoor unit for zoned heating and cooling in different spaces in your house. A ductless mini-split may be the ideal HVAC solution for your home addition if:
- Your existing system can’t absorb the extra square footage, and you’re not able to replace it all today.
- The old and new rooms have different heating and cooling needs.
- You want to add air conditioning to your home without putting in or extending the ductwork.
If you need help deciding which HVAC option is a good match, let Wesley Wood Service Experts offer our advice. We have years of experience helping homeowners fine-tune their indoor comfort, with a passion for efficiency and eco-friendly HVAC systems.
We’ll start the process by doing a load calculation to determine your needs. Then, we can give cost listings for ductwork installation and system upgrades vs. getting a ductless mini-split HVAC system. We’ll give you all the options so you can make a smart decision. To begin, reach at 484-401-7577 to schedule an appointment now!