How to Heat and Cool a New Area in Your Home That Doesn’t Include Ductwork 

Whether you add a sunroom, family room or other addition to your home, being comfy in your new room year-round is important. However, they can create a unique situation for comfort. This is because extending ductwork is costly. And that your heating and cooling system may not be able to handle the higher load, because it was sized without considering the addition.

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

All About Mini-Splits and How They Work

A ductless mini-split, because they’re very similar to ducted heat pumps that have been used in southern climates for decades.

Heat pumps are very energy efficient since they shift heat to make your addition comfier. In fact, many have reached ENERGY STAR® certification, which may make you eligible for additional rebates and lower your utility bills for years to come.

Another unique feature includes zoned heating and cooling. Since each room typically has a dedicated indoor unit, you can set your preferred temperature from room to room. As an instance, a mini-split AC is extremely helpful if you have a space with specific temperature needs, such as a home gym.

Why a Mini-Split is Worth It for Your Room

Installing a mini-split system is worth it for areas that are without ductwork. Here are a few reasons why it’s better than extending ductwork and using your current heating and cooling system.

    1. Adding ductwork is expensive. Installing ductwork in your new addition can be costly. Although the precise figure will depend on your unique situation, it be as much as thousands of dollars.
    1. Your existing home comfort system could become overworked. When your existing heating and cooling system was installed, it was based on the square footage of your residence in advance of the addition. This may overwhelm your system and make it fail more quickly.
    1. Your comfort could decrease. Because your heating and cooling system is sized for specific square footage, your comfort might suffer if your system is forced to cover a wider space. Your heating and cooling could be less powerful, and your utility bills may go up since the system needs to switch on more often.

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 partner our Experts at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we’ll help you get the right size for your new space. And your wallet.

An ENERGY STAR mini-split unit can result in sizable energy savings over its lifetime, which can be 20 years or longer when adequately serviced. ENERGY STAR says getting 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 addressing all your questions and helping you select the right model to delivering Expert mini-split installation, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing can take care of all your mini-split needs. If you’re planning a home addition or recently completed one, we can provide assistance. Contact us at 866-397-3787 now to request a free consultation and estimate.

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