How to Heat and Cool a New Addition on Your House That Doesn’t Include Ductwork 

Whether you add a sunroom, family room or other room to your house, being cozy in your new room regardless of outdoor temperatures is important. However, they can create a unique situation for contentment. This is due to the fact extending ductwork is expensive. And that your heating and cooling system may not be work properly with the heightened load, since it was sized without considering the addition.

One of the most reasonably priced solutions is to get a mini-split. This system delivers energy-efficient heating and cooling, all without ductwork. Find out more about mini-splits and how adding one to your addition can be a great fit.

All About Mini-Splits and How They Heat and Cool

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

Heat pumps are extremely energy efficient since they transfer heat to make your addition more comfortable. In fact, many have achieved ENERGY STAR® certification, which may make you eligible for additional rebates and decrease your utility costs for a long time.

Another unique feature is zoned heating and cooling. Because each room usually has its own indoor unit, you can select your preferred temperature from room to room. As an instance, a mini-split AC is very helpful if you have a room with precise temperature needs, such as a home gym.

Why a Mini-Split is Worth It for Your Space

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

    1. Installing ductwork is pricey. Adding ductwork in your new addition can be expensive. Although the exact amount will depend on your unique situation, it be as much as thousands of dollars.
    1. Your existing home comfort system may become overwhelmed. When your current heating and cooling system was chosen, it was based on the square footage of your house before the addition. This can overwork your system and make it wear out faster.
    1. Your comfort might suffer. Because your heating and cooling system is sized for specific square footage, your comfort might be reduced if your system has to take care of a wider location. Your heating and cooling may be less powerful, and your electricity and gas bills may increase due to the system needing to turn on more regularly.

What Size Mini-Split You Should Get

Like traditional 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 correct size for your new space. And your budget.

An ENERGY STAR mini-split unit can create big energy savings over its lifetime, which can be 20 years or longer when properly maintained. ENERGY STAR says getting 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 answering all your questions and helping you choose the ideal model to providing Expert mini-split installation, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing can accommodate all your mini-split needs. If you’re thinking about a home addition or recently finished one, we can help. Give us a call at 866-397-3787 today to request a free consultation and estimate.