Should You Upgrade Your HVAC System for a Home Addition? 

Whether you’re adding a second family room, a guest area or enlarging the kitchen, having extra square footage in your house is sure to be convenient. Just keep in mind you need to think over the heating and cooling requirements of the new room. One of those points should involve whether you should upgrade your HVAC system for a home addition in Dallas. Our guidebook will help you as you get started with the process. 

Option 1: No Upgrade Needed 

If the home addition includes growing a space as opposed to putting on completely new rooms, you may not need to improve the HVAC system at all. This is usually the situation if your heating and cooling system was too big originally. Get a load calculation from an Expert technician, like one from Levy & Son Service Experts by calling 469-250-0932. This will figure out if your current HVAC system can manage the modifications you’ve made to your house. 

Option 2: Upgrade Your HVAC System 

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

Bear in mind that, along with ductwork or water piping, you may also have to put in HVAC equipment to manage the bigger load. The ensuing increase in electricity consumption may even call for an enhanced electrical panel. If your heating and cooling system needs to be replaced soon, this may be a good option. 

Option 3: Install a Ductless Mini-Split 

Instead of installing a new system to cover the added area, you can put in a stand-alone one. Ductless mini-splits are great for this. They have two parts. There’s a condensing unit that is installed on the ground outdoors, similar to an air conditioner. Then there’s the compact indoor blower that is placed on the ceiling or wall. 

Like a central heat pump, mini-split HVAC systems deliver both heating and cooling for constant comfort from one system. 

Since it has a wall- or ceiling-mounted air handler, zero ductwork is required. You can even join up to four indoor units with one outdoor unit for zoned heating and cooling in distinct spaces in your house. A ductless mini-split may be the best HVAC system for your home addition if: 

  • Your current system can’t absorb the added space, and you’re not ready to replace everything right away. 
  • The old and expanded additions have different heating and cooling needs. 
  • You are looking to add air conditioning to your house without getting or adding on to the ductwork. 

If you need help determining which HVAC option is right for you, let Levy & Son Service Experts give our suggestions. We have a wealth of experience helping homeowners fine-tune their indoor comfort, with a dedication to efficiency and eco-friendly HVAC solutions. 

We’ll get started by doing a load calculation to figure out your needs. Then, we can offer cost breakdowns for ductwork installation and system upgrades vs. getting a ductless mini-split HVAC system. We’ll offer you all the solutions so you can make an informed decision. To begin, contact us at 469-250-0932 to schedule an appointment now! 

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