Whether you add a sunroom, family room or other space to your house, being comfy in your new space regardless of outdoor temperatures is a priority. However, they can create a unique situation for heating and cooling. This is since installing ductwork is costly. And that your heating and cooling system may not be deal with the increased load, since it was sized without considering the addition.
One of the most reasonably priced solutions is to get a mini-split. This system delivers energy-efficient heating and cooling, all without ductwork. Learn more about mini-splits and how adding one to your addition might be a great fit.
All About Mini-Splits and How They Heat and Cool
A ductless mini-split has an outdoor condenser that can be hooked up to several indoor units. These units are slim, quiet and typically placed on the wall. These systems shift heat from indoor or outdoor air, so they’re often known as a mini-split heat pump, since they’re nearly identical to ducted heat pumps that southern homeowners have used for decades.
Heat pumps are very energy efficient as they move heat to make your room more comfortable. In fact, many have earned ENERGY STAR® certification, which can make you eligible for added rebates and decrease your energy bills for a long time.
Another exclusive feature involves zoned heating and cooling. As each room often has a dedicated indoor unit, you can set your preferred temperature from room to room. For example, a mini-split AC is particularly beneficial if you have a space with precise temperature needs, like a home gym.
Why a Mini-Split is Worth It for Your Space
Having a mini-split system is worth it for areas that lack ductwork. Here are several reasons why it’s smarter than extending ductwork and relying on your current heating and cooling system.
- Adding ductwork is expensive. Extending ductwork in your new addition can add up quickly. Although the precise figure will depend on your home, it be as much as thousands of dollars.
- Your current home comfort system could become stressed. When your existing heating and cooling system was put in, it was based on the square footage of your residence prior to the addition. This may stress your system and make it wear down faster.
- Your comfort might suffer. As your heating and cooling system is sized for specific square footage, your comfort may be reduced if your system is forced to cover a larger area. Your heating and cooling may be less powerful, and your electricity and gas bills might get more expensive due to the system needing to operate more often.
What Size Mini-Split You Should Get
Like traditional systems, mini-splits are offered in varying 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 Strogen's Service Experts, we’ll help you choose the proper size for your new space. And your wallet.
An ENERGY STAR mini-split unit can create big energy savings over its lifetime, which can be 20 years or greater when adequately serviced. ENERGY STAR says getting one can save you 60% on heating and 30% on cooling, when compared to an electric heating system and conventional air conditioner.
Trust Strogen's Service Experts for Your Mini-Split Installation
From addressing all your questions and helping you pick the recommended model to providing Expert mini-split installation, Strogen's Service Experts can accommodate all your mini-split needs. If you’re considering a home addition or recently wrapped one up, we can provide assistance. Give us a call at 603-923-4570 right away to request a free consultation and estimate.