Should You Install a New HVAC System for a Home Addition? 

Whether you’re putting on 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 Fort Worth. Our instructions will help you as you take the first step in the process. 

Option 1: No Upgrade Needed 

If the home addition includes growing a space as opposed to putting on entirely new rooms, you may not need to enhance the HVAC system at all. This is often the situation if your heating and cooling system was too big originally. Get a load calculation from a professional technician, such as one from Calverley Service Experts by calling 817-380-5647. This will figure out if your current HVAC system can take on the changes you’ve made to your home. 

Option 2: Upgrade Your HVAC System 

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

You should know that, along with ductwork or water piping, you might also have to add HVAC equipment to manage the higher load. The ensuing increase in electricity use might even call for a new electrical panel. If your heating and cooling system needs to be replaced soon, this might be a good option. 

Option 3: Install a Ductless Mini-Split 

Instead of getting a new equipment to cover the added space, you can put in a stand-alone one. Ductless mini-splits are perfect for this. They have two parts. There’s a condensing system that sits on a slab outdoors, similar to an air conditioner. Then there’s the compact indoor blower that mounts on the ceiling or wall. 

Similar to a central heat pump, mini-split HVAC systems deliver both heating and cooling for continuous comfort from a sole system. 

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

  • Your current system can’t absorb the added space, and you’re not prepared to replace it all right away. 
  • The old and additional spaces have varying heating and cooling needs. 
  • You want 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 Calverley Service Experts give our suggestions. We have years of experience helping homeowners dial in their indoor comfort, with a dedication to efficiency and eco-friendly HVAC options. 

We’ll get started by doing a load calculation to learn your needs. Then, we can offer cost breakdowns for ductwork installation and system upgrades vs. getting a ductless mini-split HVAC system. We’ll give you all the possibilities so you can make a smart decision. To begin, reach at 817-380-5647 to schedule an appointment now! 

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