Whether you add a sunroom, family room or other addition to your house, being comfortable in your new area regardless of outdoor temperatures is a priority. However, they can present a unique challenge for heating and cooling. This is due to the fact extending ductwork is expensive. And that your heating and cooling system may not be work properly with the heightened load, because it was sized without taking the addition into consideration.
One of the most affordable solutions is to add a mini-split. This system provides energy-efficient heating and cooling, with no ductwork needed. Learn more about mini-splits and how adding one to your addition could be a great solution.
All About Mini-Splits and How They Heat and Cool
A ductless mini-split has an outdoor condenser that can be hooked up to multiple indoor units. These units are slim, quiet and often placed on the wall. These systems shift heat from indoor or outdoor air, so they’re frequently called a mini-split heat pump, as they’re very similar to ducted heat pumps that southern homeowners have used for decades.
Heat pumps are extremely energy efficient as they move heat to make your room cozier. In reality, many have achieved ENERGY STAR® certification, which may make you eligible for added rebates and reduce your utility costs for a long time.
Another exclusive feature is zoned heating and cooling. As each room typically has a dedicated indoor unit, you can set your preferred temperature from room to room. As an example, a mini-split AC is particularly helpful if you have a room with specific 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 spaces that don’t have ductwork. Here are a couple reasons why it’s better than adding ductwork and using your current heating and cooling system.
- Installing ductwork is costly. Adding ductwork in your new addition can be costly. Although the total cost will depend on your house, it be as much as thousands of dollars.
- Your existing home comfort system may become stressed. When your current heating and cooling system was put in, it was based on the square footage of your residence before the addition. This could overwhelm your system and make it fail more quickly.
- Your comfort could be affected. Since your heating and cooling system is sized for specific square footage, your comfort might be reduced if your system has to take care of a wider area. Your heating and cooling may be less efficient, and your utility costs could get more expensive as a result of the system needing to operate more frequently.
What Size Mini-Split You Should Get
Like traditional systems, mini-splits are available in varying 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 Teays Valley Service Experts, we’ll help you get the correct size for your new addition. And your budget.
An ENERGY STAR mini-split unit can generate big energy savings over its life cycle, 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, in comparison with an electric heating system and conventional air conditioner.
Trust Teays Valley Service Experts for Your Mini-Split Installation
From answering all your questions and helping you choose the recommended model to providing Expert mini-split installation, Teays Valley Service Experts can accommodate all your mini-split needs. If you’re thinking about a home addition or recently wrapped one up, we can help. Contact us at 304-760-5088 today to request a free consultation and estimate.