How to Heat and Cool a New Space in Your Residence That Doesn’t Have Ductwork 

Whether you add a sunroom, family room or other room to your house, being cozy in your new area no matter the weather is key. However, they can make a unique situation for heating and cooling. This is since extending ductwork is costly. And that your heating and cooling system may not be work properly with the heightened load, as it was sized without taking the addition into consideration.

One of the most affordable solutions is to install a mini-split. This system provides energy-efficient heating and cooling, with no ductwork needed. Find out more about mini-splits and how adding one to your addition could be a fantastic fit.

All About Mini-Splits and How They Operate

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

Heat pumps are highly energy efficient as they transfer heat to make your room cozier. In fact, many have earned ENERGY STAR® certification, which may make you eligible for added rebates and lower your utility costs for a long time.

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

Why a Mini-Split is Worth It for Your Room

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

    1. Extending ductwork is costly. Adding ductwork in your new addition can add up quickly. Although the precise cost will depend on your residence, it could be thousands of dollars.
    1. Your current home comfort system may become overwhelmed. When your current heating and cooling system was put in, it was based on the square footage of your residence prior to the addition. This could stress your system and make it wear out more rapidly.
    1. Your comfort might decrease. Because your heating and cooling system is sized for precise square footage, your comfort might suffer if your system is required to manage a wider location. Your heating and cooling could be less effective, and your utility costs may become costlier since the system needs to run more regularly.

What Size Mini-Split You Should Get

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

An ENERGY STAR mini-split unit can create huge energy savings over its life cycle, which can be 20 years or longer when routinely maintained. ENERGY STAR says getting 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 answering all your questions and helping you pick the right model to providing Expert mini-split installation, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing 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 866-397-3787 now to request a free consultation and estimate.

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