Whether you’re adding a second family room, a guest suite or growing the kitchen, having extra square footage in your home is sure to be handy. Just remember to consider the heating and cooling necessities of the new space. One of those factors should cover whether you should upgrade your HVAC system for a home addition in Hurricane. Our guidebook will help you as you get started with the process.
Option 1: No Upgrade Necessary
If the home addition involves enlarging an area rather than building completely new rooms, you may not need to improve the HVAC system at all. This is often the case if your heating and cooling equipment was too large when they were installed. Get a load calculation from a professional technician, for example one from Teays Valley Service Experts by calling 304-760-5088. This will affect if your existing HVAC system can take on the modifications you’ve made to your house.
Option 2: Install a New HVAC System
Another solution for delivering heat and air conditioning into your home addition is to extend the ductwork from your existing forced-air system. If you rely on radiators or baseboard heating, you can add hot water piping to the new room.
Be aware that, in addition to ductwork or water piping, you might also have to put in HVAC equipment to take care of the increased load. The subsequent increase in electricity consumption could even call for a new electrical panel. If your heating and cooling system needs to be replaced soon, this might be a good solution.
Option 3: Get a Ductless Mini-Split
In place of installing a new system to cover the extra area, you can put in a stand-alone one. Ductless mini-splits are ideal for this. They consist of two parts. There’s a condensing component that sits on the ground near your home, much like an air conditioner. Then there’s the space-saving indoor blower that mounts to the ceiling or wall.
Similar to a central heat pump, mini-split HVAC systems offer both heating and cooling for constant comfort from a single system.
Since it includes a wall- or ceiling-mounted air handler, ductwork isn’t necessary. You can even link up to four indoor units with one outdoor unit for zoned heating and cooling in distinct parts of your residence. A ductless mini-split might be the ideal HVAC solution for your home addition if:
- Your current system can’t handle the added space, and you’re not able to replace everything right now.
- The old and additional additions have varying heating and cooling needs.
- You want to add air conditioning to your residence without getting or extending the ductwork.
If you need help figuring out which HVAC option is right for you, let Teays Valley Service Experts provide our advice. We have a lot of experience helping homeowners dial in their indoor comfort, with a passion for efficiency and eco-friendly HVAC solutions.
Let us start by performing a load calculation to determine your needs. Then, we can provide cost listings 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 smart decision. To begin, contact us at 304-760-5088 to schedule an appointment today!