Should You Install a New HVAC System for a Home Addition? 

Whether you’re building a second family room, a guest area or expanding the kitchen, having additional square footage in your home is sure to be convenient. Just keep in mind you need to consider the heating and cooling needs of the new area. One of those points should include whether you should upgrade your HVAC system for a home addition in the U.S.. Our instructions will help you as you take the first step in the process.

Option 1: No Upgrade Required

If the home addition calls for expanding a room instead of building completely new rooms, you may not need to upgrade the HVAC system at all. This is often the case if your heating and cooling system was oversized originally. Schedule a load calculation from an Expert technician, like one from Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing by calling 866-397-3787. This will determine if your existing HVAC setup can manage the upgrades you’ve made to your home.

Option 2: HVAC System Upgrade

Another solution for bringing heat and air conditioning into your home addition is to add on to the ductwork from your current forced-air system. If you have radiators or baseboard heating, you can extend hot water piping to the new area.

You should know that, adding 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 usage might even need a new electrical panel. If your heating and cooling system needs to be replaced soon, this may be perfectly acceptable.

Option 3: Install a Ductless Mini-Split

Rather than installing a new unit to handle the added space, you can put in an independent one. Ductless mini-splits are perfect for this. They have two parts. There’s a condensing system that is installed on cement outside, akin to an air conditioner. Then there’s the small indoor blower that is placed against the ceiling or wall.

Akin to a central heat pump, mini-split HVAC systems deliver both heating and cooling for year-round comfort from a single piece of equipment.

Since it uses a wall- or ceiling-mounted air handler, no ductwork is required. You can even link up to four indoor blowers with one outdoor unit for zoned heating and cooling in different areas in your home. A ductless mini-split might be the best HVAC system for your home addition if:

    • Your current system can’t take on the additional room, and you’re not ready to replace it all right now.
    • The old and additional spaces have different heating and cooling needs.
    • You are looking to add air conditioning to your home without getting or lengthening the ductwork.

If you need help determining which HVAC option is best, let Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing give our suggestions. We have a lot of experience helping homeowners adjust their indoor comfort, with a commitment to efficiency and eco-friendly HVAC solutions.

Let us start by performing a load calculation to learn your needs. Then, we can offer cost comparisons for ductwork installation and system upgrades vs. putting in a ductless mini-split HVAC system. We’ll present you with all the solutions so you can make a smart decision. To get started, reach at 866-397-3787 to schedule an appointment right away!

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