How to Heat and Cool a New Addition on Your House That Doesn’t Include Ductwork 

Whether you add a sunroom, family room or other space to your house, being comfy in your new room throughout the year is important. However, they can make a unique situation for heating and cooling. This is because installing ductwork is expensive. And that your heating and cooling system may not be deal with the higher load, because it was sized without including the addition. 

One of the most affordable options is to get a mini-split. This system provides energy-efficient heating and cooling, with no ductwork required. Learn more about mini-splits and how getting one for your addition might be a good solution. 

All About Mini-Splits and How They Work 

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

Heat pumps are highly energy efficient since they shift heat to make your space cozier. In fact, many have achieved ENERGY STAR® certification, which can make you eligible for added rebates and decrease your energy costs for many years. 

Another special feature is zoned heating and cooling. Since each room usually has an individual indoor unit, you can choose your preferred temperature from room to room. As an instance, a mini-split AC is particularly beneficial if you have a room with precise temperature needs, like a home gym. 

Why a Mini-Split is Worth It for Your Addition 

Getting a mini-split system is worth it for spaces that lack ductwork. Here are several reasons why it’s better than installing ductwork and using your current heating and cooling system. 

  1. Installing ductwork is costly. Adding ductwork in your new addition can be expensive. Although the total amount will depend on your home, it run thousands of dollars. 
  1. Your current home comfort system might become overwhelmed. When your current heating and cooling system was chosen, it was based on the square footage of your house in advance of the addition. This can overwhelm your system and make it fail faster. 
  1. Your comfort may decrease. Because your heating and cooling system is sized for precise square footage, your comfort might be reduced if your system is forced to manage a wider area. Your heating and cooling might be less efficient, and your utility costs might become costlier since the system needs to operate more often. 

What Size Mini-Split You Need 

Like regular systems, mini-splits are available in various 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 partner our Experts at Levy & Son Service Experts, we’ll help you choose the proper size for your new addition. And your wallet. 

An ENERGY STAR mini-split unit can create sizable energy savings over its life span, which can be 20 years or greater when routinely 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 Levy & Son Service Experts for Your Mini-Split Installation 

From answering all your questions and helping you choose the ideal model to delivering Expert mini-split installation, Levy & Son Service Experts can take care of all your mini-split needs. If you’re considering a home addition or recently finished one, we can provide support. Reach us at 469-250-0932 now to request a free consultation and estimate

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