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

Whether you’re adding a second family room, a guest suite or enlarging the kitchen, having more square footage in your residence is sure to be handy. Just don’t forget to consider the heating and cooling needs of the new space. One of those points should include whether you should upgrade your HVAC system for a home addition in the U.S.. Our guidebook will help you as you take the first step in the process.

Option 1: No Upgrade Needed

If the home addition calls for growing a room rather than building completely new rooms, you may not need to upgrade the HVAC system at all. This is most likely the instance if your heating and cooling system was oversized when they were installed. Request a load calculation from a professional technician, such as one from Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing by calling 866-397-3787. This will figure out if your current HVAC equipment can manage the changes you’ve made to your residence.

Option 2: Install a New HVAC System

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

Be aware that, in addition to ductwork or water piping, you may also have to add HVAC equipment to take care of the increased load. The resulting increase in electricity use might even require a new electrical panel. If your heating and cooling system needs to be replaced soon, this could be perfectly acceptable.

Option 3: Install a Ductless Mini-Split

In place of getting a new equipment to cover the extra area, you can get a stand-alone one. Ductless mini-splits are perfect for this. They consist of two parts. There’s a condensing component that is installed on a slab outside, akin to an air conditioner. Then there’s the small indoor blower that is installed to the ceiling or wall.

Akin to a central heat pump, mini-split HVAC systems provide both heating and cooling for continuous comfort from a single setup.

Since it includes 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 differing parts of your house. A ductless mini-split might be the right HVAC system for your home addition if:

    • Your existing system can’t absorb the additional area, and you’re not prepared to replace every part right away.
    • The old and additional additions have different heating and cooling needs.
    • You want to add air conditioning to your residence without getting or adding on to the ductwork.

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

We’ll start the process by doing a load calculation to figure out your needs. Then, we can provide cost breakdowns 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 an informed decision. To begin, reach at 866-397-3787 to schedule an appointment now!

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