How to Heat and Cool a New Space in Your House That Doesnt Include Ductwork

Whether you add a sunroom, family room or other space to your residence, being comfortable in your new area regardless of outdoor temperatures is important. However, they can present a unique challenge for comfort. This is due to the fact installing ductwork is pricey. And that your heating and cooling system may not be deal with the increased load, because it was sized without including the addition.

One of the most cost-effective possibilities is to install a mini-split. This system delivers energy-efficient heating and cooling, with no ductwork needed. Find out more about mini-splits and how getting one for your addition can be a good option.

All About Mini-Splits and How They Work

A ductless mini-split has an outdoor condenser that can connect to more than one indoor units. These units are slim, quiet and often mounted on the wall. These systems transfer heat from indoor or outdoor air, so they’re regularly called a mini-split heat pump, since they’re very similar to ducted heat pumps that southern homeowners have relied on for decades.

Heat pumps are extremely energy efficient as they move heat to make your space comfier. In fact, many have achieved ENERGY STAR® certification, which may make you eligible for added rebates and lower your utility bills for many years.

Another special feature involves zoned heating and cooling. Since each room typically has a dedicated indoor unit, you can select your preferred temperature from room to room. As an example, a mini-split AC is extremely useful if you have a room with precise temperature needs, such as a home gym.

Why a Mini-Split is Worth It for Your Addition

Getting a mini-split system is worth it for areas that are without ductwork. Here are a couple reasons why it’s wiser than installing ductwork and using your current heating and cooling system.

  1. Installing ductwork is costly. Adding ductwork in your new addition can be expensive. Although the total amount will depend on your residence, it run thousands of dollars.
  2. Your present home comfort system might become overworked. When your present heating and cooling system was installed, it was based on the square footage of your house in advance of the addition. This could overwhelm your system and make it fail more rapidly.
  3. Your comfort could decrease. Because your heating and cooling system is sized for precise square footage, your comfort could be reduced if your system is required to manage a bigger area. Your heating and cooling could be less powerful, and your electricity and gas costs may go up as a result of the system needing to turn on more often.

What Size Mini-Split You Need

Like more common systems, mini-splits come in several sizes based on the square footage they’ll be heating and cooling. Here are three of the most regularly 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, we’ll help you get the proper size for your new space. And your price point.

An ENERGY STAR mini-split unit can create sizable energy savings over its lifetime, which can be 20 years or more when properly serviced. ENERGY STAR says having 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 for Your Mini-Split Installation

From taking care of all your questions and helping you pick the ideal model to delivering Expert mini-split installation, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can handle all your mini-split needs. If you’re thinking about a home addition or recently finished one, we can help. Contact us at 305-440-1505 right away to request a free consultation and estimate.

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