Should You Get a New HVAC System for a Home Addition? 

Whether you’re putting on a second family room, a guest space or growing the kitchen, having more square footage in your home is sure to be handy. Just don’t forget to consider the heating and cooling needs of the new room. One of those points should include whether you should upgrade your HVAC system for a home addition in the U.S.. Our guidebook will help you as you take the first step in the process.

Option 1: No Upgrade Required

If the home addition calls for growing an area as opposed to adding totally new rooms, you may not need to improve the HVAC system at all. This is most likely the instance if your heating and cooling equipment was oversized originally. Book a load calculation from a pro technician, for example one from Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing by calling 866-397-3787. This will affect if your existing HVAC system can manage the modifications you’ve made to your house.

Option 2: HVAC System Upgrade

Another idea for delivering heat and air conditioning into your home addition is to extend the ductwork from your current forced-air equipment. If you rely on radiators or baseboard heating, you can add hot water piping to the new area.

Please note that, in addition to ductwork or water piping, you may also have to install HVAC equipment to take care of the bigger load. The ensuing increase in electricity consumption could even require a new electrical panel. If your heating and cooling system is due for a replacement soon, this might be a good solution.

Option 3: Get a Ductless Mini-Split

In place of getting a new equipment to cover the additional space, you can add a freestanding one. Ductless mini-splits are perfect for this. They consist of two parts. There’s a condensing system that is installed on a slab outside, much like an air conditioner. Then there’s the compact indoor blower that is placed on the ceiling or wall.

Similar to a central heat pump, mini-split HVAC systems offer both heating and cooling for continuous comfort from a sole piece of equipment.

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 parts of your house. A ductless mini-split could be the best HVAC solution for your home addition if:

    • Your current system can’t absorb the extra space, and you’re not able to replace every part right now.
    • The old and additional additions have different heating and cooling needs.
    • You are looking to add air conditioning to your home without getting or lengthening the ductwork.

If you need help deciding which HVAC option is a good match, let Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing provide our advice. We have years of experience helping homeowners fine-tune their indoor comfort, with a dedication to efficiency and eco-friendly HVAC solutions.

We’ll start the process by performing a load calculation to figure out your needs. Then, we can give cost comparisons for ductwork installation and system upgrades vs. getting a ductless mini-split HVAC system. We’ll present you with all the solutions so you can make a wise decision. To begin, contact us at 866-397-3787 to schedule an appointment today!

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