How to Heat and Cool a New Addition on Your Home That’s Without Ductwork 

Whether you add a sunroom, family room or other room to your residence, being comfy in your new area no matter the weather is a priority. However, they can make a unique problem for comfort. This is due to the fact installing ductwork is expensive. And that your heating and cooling system may not be deal with the higher load, since it was sized without taking the addition into consideration. 

One of the most affordable possibilities is to add a mini-split. This system offers energy-efficient heating and cooling, with no ductwork needed. Find out more about mini-splits and how installing one in your addition might be a good option. 

All About Mini-Splits and How They Operate 

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

Heat pumps are highly energy efficient because they move heat to make your space more comfortable. In actuality, many have achieved ENERGY STAR® certification, which could make you eligible for extra rebates and reduce your utility bills for many years. 

Another special feature is zoned heating and cooling. Because each room usually has a dedicated indoor unit, you can choose your preferred temperature from room to room. As an instance, a mini-split AC is very helpful if you have a area with special 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 are without ductwork. Here are a few reasons why it’s better than installing ductwork and using your existing heating and cooling system. 

  1. Adding ductwork is pricey. Extending ductwork in your new addition can be costly. Although the exact cost will depend on your residence, it could be thousands of dollars. 
  1. Your existing home comfort system could become stressed. When your present heating and cooling system was installed, it was based on the square footage of your home before the addition. This can stress your system and make it fail more rapidly. 
  1. Your comfort could be impacted. As your heating and cooling system is sized for specific square footage, your comfort could suffer if your system is required to cover a bigger area. Your heating and cooling may be less powerful, and your utility costs may increase as a result of the system needing to turn on more regularly. 

What Size Mini-Split You Should Get 

Like regular systems, mini-splits are available in varying sizes based on the square footage they’ll be heating and cooling. Here are three of the most popular 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 Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we’ll help you select the proper size for your new addition. And your price point. 

An ENERGY STAR mini-split unit can generate huge energy savings over its life span, which can be 20 years or longer when adequately 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 addressing 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 thinking about a home addition or recently finished one, we can provide support. Contact us at 866-397-3787 right away to request a free consultation and estimate

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