Oct 01 2017

Building an addition to a home is a dream for a lot of people. It usually means you love your location, you’re committed to your home, but you just need some more space. Sometimes this is the result of kids outgrowing a shared room, or perhaps an elderly parent is moving in with you. Maybe you even finally built your man cave or craft room, designed your own work-from-home office, or are expecting a new baby. Whatever the reason, the last thing you want is for Little Suzy, Joe, or Granny to be stuck in a room without heating and cooling.

So you’ve got this great new addition, the paint is just right, there’s great natural lighting… and there’s no ductwork running to it. What are you going to do? There are a few options for fixing this problem, and they vary in price and efficiency. Let’s go over a few:

Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner And Heat Pump

This is probably the most efficient and most popular way to heat and cool a home addition. These systems are relatively easy to install, and don’t require any ductwork, which saves you time and money when you get your new system. Because these mini-splits can provide air conditioning as well as heating, they are a perfect for our climate here. These units are much quieter and more aesthetically pleasing than a clunky window unit and require only a 3-inch hole cut in an exterior wall to install. These units also work independently from the main HVAC system, so if you’re using your addition as a guest room or daytime office, you can turn off the unit and save money while the room is not in use. This system also helps to improve air quality in the room. Ductwork that isn’t properly maintained contains dust and debris which then circulates through the air. The mini-split heat pump and air conditioning provide heating and cooling at the source, so fewer allergens and pollutants enter the air. That makes this option especially good for infants and elderly guests.

Extend Ductwork To The New Addition

Extending your ductwork into the new addition is a more permanent option for heating and cooling, but also comes with some downsides. Doing this is a costlier investment than a ductless mini split system, and requires more labor and equipment. Additionally, a well-designed house should come with a heating and air conditioning unit that has the appropriate amount of power to heat and cool the home. Depending on the size of the addition, your current equipment may not be able to handle the new load. Our HVAC technicians can do an audit to figure out whether or not your system can handle an addition, and in some cases may even suggest a redesign of your ductwork if it is not efficiently designed. This could save you the need for an entirely new HVAC  unit if you decide to go this route. That being said, having an efficient duct system going to your addition can up the resale value of your home, provide uniform heating and cooling to the addition, and keep it permanently comfortable for everyday living.

Pro Air Can Help You Decide Which Option Is Best For You

Our comfort specialists can assess your current HVAC unit, give their professional opinion based on your needs, and work on getting heating and cooling to your new addition as soon as possible. Contact Pro Air Heating And Cooling today to get started!

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