Whether you’re adding a second family room, a guest suite or growing the kitchen, having additional square footage in your home is sure to be convenient. Just don’t forget to think about the heating and cooling needs of the new space. One of those points should cover whether you should upgrade your HVAC system for a home addition in Elkhart. Our instructions will help you as you get started with the process.
Option 1: No Upgrade Needed
If the home addition calls for growing an area as opposed to adding totally new rooms, you may not need to upgrade the HVAC system at all. This is usually the situation if your heating and cooling equipment was too big originally. Request a load calculation from an Expert technician, like one from BW/Cook Service Experts by calling 574-218-6404. This will decide if your present HVAC setup can handle the upgrades you’ve made to your house.
Option 2: Upgrade Your HVAC System
Another idea for getting heat and air conditioning into your home addition is to add on to the ductwork from your existing forced-air equipment. If you rely on radiators or baseboard heating, you can add hot water piping to the new area.
You should know that, along with ductwork or water piping, you may also have to install HVAC equipment to take care of the bigger load. The following increase in electricity usage may even require an enhanced electrical panel. If your heating and cooling system needs to be replaced soon, this may be a good option.
Option 3: Install a Ductless Mini-Split
Instead of upgrading your existing unit to manage the added square footage, you can put in a separate one. Ductless mini-splits are perfect for this. They consist of two parts. There’s a condensing component that is placed on cement near your home, much like an air conditioner. Then there’s the compact indoor blower that is installed against the ceiling or wall.
Similar to a central heat pump, mini-split HVAC systems provide both heating and cooling for continual comfort from one setup.
Since it links with a wall- or ceiling-mounted air handler, you don’t need ductwork. You can even join up to four indoor air handlers with one outdoor unit for zoned heating and cooling in differing spaces in your house. A ductless mini-split could be the ideal HVAC system for your home addition if:
- Your current system can’t absorb the added space, and you’re not ready to replace everything right now.
- The old and expanded rooms have different heating and cooling needs.
- You want to add air conditioning to your home without getting or adding on to the ductwork.
If you need help deciding which HVAC option is ideal, let BW/Cook Service Experts provide our recommendations. We have a wealth of experience helping homeowners dial in their indoor comfort, with a commitment to efficiency and eco-friendly HVAC options.
We’ll get started by doing a load calculation to figure out your needs. Then, we can give cost listings for ductwork installation and system upgrades vs. putting in a ductless mini-split HVAC system. We’ll give you all the options so you can make a wise decision. To begin, contact us at 574-218-6404 to schedule an appointment right away!