How to Heat and Cool a New Addition on Your Residence That Doesnt Have Ductwork

Whether you add a sunroom, family room or other space to your house, being cozy in your new room throughout the year is a priority. However, they can present a unique situation for heating and cooling. This is due to the fact adding ductwork is pricey. And that your heating and cooling system may not be work properly with the heightened load, because it was sized without taking the addition into consideration.

One of the most reasonably priced solutions is to get a mini-split. This system provides energy-efficient heating and cooling, all without ductwork. Discover more about mini-splits and how getting one for your addition can be a fantastic fit.

All About Mini-Splits and How They Work

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 placed on the wall. These systems shift heat from indoor or outdoor air, so they’re commonly known as a mini-split heat pump, since they’re nearly identical to ducted heat pumps that have been used in southern climates for decades.

Heat pumps are highly energy efficient because they shift heat to make your space more comfortable. In actuality, many have reached ENERGY STAR® certification, which can make you eligible for added rebates and decrease your energy expenses for many years.

Another exclusive feature is zoned heating and cooling. Since each room usually has a dedicated indoor unit, you can set your preferred temperature from room to room. For example, a mini-split AC is particularly useful if you have a area with precise temperature needs, such as a home gym.

Why a Mini-Split is Worth It for Your Addition

Getting a mini-split system is worth it for spaces that lack ductwork. Here are several reasons why it’s better than extending ductwork and leaning on your existing heating and cooling system.

  1. Extending ductwork is expensive. Installing ductwork in your new addition can be costly. Although the total cost will depend on your house, it could be thousands of dollars.
  2. Your current home comfort system may become stressed. When your existing heating and cooling system was put in, it was based on the square footage of your home in advance of the addition. This may overwork your system and make it wear down faster.
  3. Your comfort might decrease. As your heating and cooling system is sized for specific square footage, your comfort could decrease if your system has to take care of a bigger area. Your heating and cooling may be less powerful, and your energy bills could become costlier as a result of the system needing to operate more often.

What Size Mini-Split You Need

Like traditional systems, mini-splits are offered in various sizes based on the square footage they’ll be heating and cooling. Here are three of the most popular 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 Bob Brown Service Experts, we’ll help you choose the correct size for your new space. And your wallet.

An ENERGY STAR mini-split unit can generate sizable energy savings over its lifetime, which can be 20 years or more when correctly maintained. ENERGY STAR says having one can save you 60% on heating and 30% on cooling, in comparison with an electric heating system and conventional air conditioner.

Trust Bob Brown Service Experts for Your Mini-Split Installation

From answering all your questions and helping you choose the right model to delivering Expert mini-split installation, Bob Brown Service Experts can accommodate all your mini-split needs. If you’re considering a home addition or recently finished one, we can help. Contact us at 623-243-4517 right away to request a free consultation and estimate.

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