How to Heat and Cool a New Area in Your Home That Doesn’t Include Ductwork 

Whether you add a sunroom, family room or other room to your home, being cozy in your new area throughout the year is key. However, they can create a unique problem for comfort. This is due to the fact adding ductwork is expensive. And that your heating and cooling system may not be work properly with the increased load, since it was sized without taking the addition into consideration.

One of the most cost-effective solutions is to get a mini-split. This system delivers energy-efficient heating and cooling, with no ductwork required. Find out more about mini-splits and how installing one in your addition could be a good fit.

All About Mini-Splits and How They Operate

A ductless mini-split, because they’re very similar to ducted heat pumps that southern homeowners have used for decades.

Heat pumps are very energy efficient since they move heat to make your room cozier. In reality, many have achieved ENERGY STAR® certification, which can make you eligible for extra rebates and reduce your heating and cooling expenses for many years.

Another exclusive feature is zoned heating and cooling. As each room usually has a dedicated indoor unit, you can select your preferred temperature from room to room. For example, a mini-split AC is especially useful if you have a space with precise temperature needs, including a home gym.

Why a Mini-Split is Worth It for Your Addition

Having a mini-split system is worth it for rooms that don’t have ductwork. Here are several reasons why it’s better than adding ductwork and using your current heating and cooling system.

    1. Adding ductwork is pricey. Adding ductwork in your new addition can be expensive. Although the exact cost will depend on your residence, it could be thousands of dollars.
    1. Your existing home comfort system could become overworked. When your current heating and cooling system was put in, it was based on the square footage of your house prior to the addition. This could overwhelm your system and make it wear out faster.
    1. Your comfort might be affected. Since your heating and cooling system is sized for specific square footage, your comfort may be reduced if your system has to take care of a wider space. Your heating and cooling may be less effective, and your energy expenses may become costlier as a result of the system needing to switch on more often.

What Size Mini-Split You Should Get

Like more common 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 popular 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 right size for your new area. And your wallet.

An ENERGY STAR mini-split unit can generate sizable energy savings over its lifetime, which can be 20 years or longer when adequately serviced. 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 Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Your Mini-Split Installation

From taking care of all your questions and helping you pick the right model to providing Expert mini-split installation, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing can handle all your mini-split needs. If you’re considering a home addition or recently completed one, we can provide assistance. Reach us at 866-397-3787 now to request a free consultation and estimate.

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