How to Heat and Cool a New Addition on Your Residence That Doesn’t Have Ductwork 

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

One of the most cost-effective possibilities is to add a mini-split. This system delivers energy-efficient heating and cooling, all without ductwork. Find out more about mini-splits and how installing one in your addition can be a fantastic fit.

All About Mini-Splits and How They Heat and Cool

A ductless mini-split, as they’re nearly identical to ducted heat pumps that southern homeowners have relied on for decades.

Heat pumps are extremely energy efficient since they transfer heat to make your addition more comfortable. In fact, many have earned ENERGY STAR® certification, which can make you eligible for added rebates and reduce your heating and cooling bills for years to come.

Another exclusive feature is zoned heating and cooling. Since each room usually has an individual indoor unit, you can choose your preferred temperature from room to room. As an instance, a mini-split AC is particularly beneficial if you have a space with precise temperature needs, like a home gym.

Why a Mini-Split is Worth It for Your Addition

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

    1. Adding ductwork is costly. Installing ductwork in your new addition can add up quickly. Although the precise cost will depend on your residence, it be as much as thousands of dollars.
    1. Your existing home comfort system may become overwhelmed. When your existing heating and cooling system was put in, it was based on the square footage of your residence prior to the addition. This can overwhelm your system and make it wear out more quickly.
    1. Your comfort could be affected. Because your heating and cooling system is sized for precise square footage, your comfort might decrease if your system is required to take care of a larger space. Your heating and cooling may be less effective, and your electricity and gas costs could go up due to the system needing to run more regularly.

What Size Mini-Split You Need

Like more common systems, mini-splits are offered in several 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 choose the proper 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 more when adequately maintained. ENERGY STAR says installing one can save you 60% on heating and 30% on cooling, when compared to an electric heating system and conventional air conditioner.

Trust Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Your Mini-Split Installation

From taking care of all your questions and helping you pick 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 considering a home addition or recently finished one, we can provide assistance. Give us a call at 866-397-3787 now to request a free consultation and estimate.

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