How to Heat and Cool a New Area in Your House That Doesn’t Have Ductwork 

Whether you add a sunroom, family room or other addition to your house, being comfy in your new area no matter the weather is key. However, they can create a unique situation for contentment. This is due to the fact adding 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 possibilities is to install a mini-split. This system delivers energy-efficient heating and cooling, with no ductwork needed. Discover more about mini-splits and how installing one in your addition might be a great option.

All About Mini-Splits and How They Heat and Cool

A ductless mini-split, as they’re much like ducted heat pumps that southern homeowners have used for decades.

Heat pumps are very energy efficient as they transfer heat to make your addition comfier. In actuality, many have achieved ENERGY STAR® certification, which can make you eligible for added rebates and decrease your energy costs for many years.

Another exclusive feature involves zoned heating and cooling. Since each room often has a dedicated indoor unit, you can set your preferred temperature from room to room. As an instance, a mini-split AC is especially helpful if you have a space with specific temperature needs, including a home gym.

Why a Mini-Split is Worth It for Your Space

Getting a mini-split system is worth it for spaces that are without ductwork. Here are a few reasons why it’s better than adding ductwork and relying on your existing heating and cooling system.

    1. Adding ductwork is costly. Extending ductwork in your new addition can add up quickly. Although the total amount will depend on your house, it could be thousands of dollars.
    1. Your present home comfort system might become overwhelmed. When your present heating and cooling system was chosen, it was based on the square footage of your home in advance of the addition. This could overwork your system and make it wear down more quickly.
    1. Your comfort might be affected. Since your heating and cooling system is sized for precise square footage, your comfort may decrease if your system is forced to cover a larger space. Your heating and cooling might be less effective, and your electricity and gas bills might become costlier due to the system needing to turn on more frequently.

What Size Mini-Split You Need

Like traditional systems, mini-splits are available 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 work with our Experts at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we’ll help you select the proper size for your new addition. And your budget.

An ENERGY STAR mini-split unit can generate sizable energy savings over its life span, which can be 20 years or more 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 addressing all your questions and helping you choose the right model to delivering Expert mini-split installation, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing can accommodate all your mini-split needs. If you’re thinking about a home addition or recently completed one, we can help. Give us a call at 866-397-3787 right away to request a free consultation and estimate.

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