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 house, being comfortable in your new room regardless of outdoor temperatures is a priority. However, they can create a unique situation for comfort. This is since installing ductwork is pricey. And that your heating and cooling system may not be work properly with the increased load, since it was sized without considering the addition.

One of the most reasonably priced options is to get a mini-split. This system offers energy-efficient heating and cooling, with no ductwork needed. Discover more about mini-splits and how installing one in your addition might be a fantastic solution.

All About Mini-Splits and How They Operate

A ductless mini-split, since they’re nearly identical to ducted heat pumps that southern homeowners have relied on for decades.

Heat pumps are very energy efficient because they transfer heat to make your room comfier. In fact, many have earned ENERGY STAR® certification, which can make you eligible for extra rebates and reduce your energy costs for many years.

Another special feature includes zoned heating and cooling. Because each room typically has its own indoor unit, you can set your preferred temperature from room to room. As an example, a mini-split AC is particularly useful if you have a space with precise temperature needs, including a home gym.

Why a Mini-Split is Worth It for Your Addition

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

    1. Installing ductwork is costly. Installing ductwork in your new addition can be expensive. Although the precise cost will depend on your house, it could be thousands of dollars.
    1. Your present home comfort system might become stressed. When your present heating and cooling system was put in, it was based on the square footage of your residence in advance of the addition. This can stress your system and make it fail more quickly.
    1. Your comfort might be impacted. Since your heating and cooling system is sized for specific square footage, your comfort could be reduced if your system is forced to cover a wider location. Your heating and cooling could be less efficient, and your utility costs could get more expensive due to the system needing to run more frequently.

What Size Mini-Split You Should Install

Like regular systems, mini-splits come in varying sizes based on the square footage they’ll be heating and cooling. Here are three of the most frequently 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 collaborate our Experts at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we’ll help you select the right size for your new addition. And your price point.

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

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

From answering all your questions and helping you select the ideal model to supplying Expert mini-split installation, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing can take care of all your mini-split needs. If you’re considering a home addition or recently completed one, we can provide support. Reach us at 866-397-3787 right away to request a free consultation and estimate.

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