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

Whether you’re building a second family room, a guest area or growing the kitchen, having additional square footage in your residence is sure to be handy. Just keep in mind you need to consider the heating and cooling needs of the new room. One of those points should incorporate whether you should upgrade your HVAC system for a home addition in the U.S.. Our instructions will help you as you take the first step in the process. 

Option 1: No Upgrade Required 

If the home addition includes expanding an area as opposed to adding totally new rooms, you may not need to improve the HVAC system at all. This is often the situation if your heating and cooling units were too big when they were installed. Book a load calculation from a pro technician, such as one from Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing by calling 866-397-3787. This will affect if your present HVAC equipment can handle the changes you’ve made to your residence. 

Option 2: HVAC System Upgrade 

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

Be aware that, adding ductwork or water piping, you might also have to put in HVAC equipment to handle the higher load. The ensuing increase in electricity consumption could even need an enhanced electrical panel. If your heating and cooling system needs to be replaced soon, this might be a good option. 

Option 3: Add a Ductless Mini-Split 

Instead of installing a new equipment to handle the added square footage, you can put in an independent one. Ductless mini-splits are perfect for this. They consist of two parts. There’s a condensing system that sits on the ground outdoors, similar to an air conditioner. Then there’s the sleek indoor blower that is placed against the ceiling or wall. 

Like a central heat pump, mini-split HVAC systems offer both heating and cooling for year-round comfort from a sole solution. 

Since it includes 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 different parts of your house. A ductless mini-split might be the best HVAC system for your home addition if: 

  • Your existing system can’t handle the extra room, and you’re not able to replace it all right now. 
  • The old and new rooms have differing heating and cooling needs. 
  • You are looking to add air conditioning to your residence without putting in or adding on to the ductwork. 

If you need help deciding which HVAC option is ideal, let Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing offer our recommendations. We have a wealth of experience helping homeowners dial in their indoor comfort, with a passion for efficiency and eco-friendly HVAC systems. 

We’ll start the process by doing a load calculation to learn your needs. Then, we can provide cost breakdowns for ductwork installation and system upgrades vs. putting in a ductless mini-split HVAC system. We’ll present you with all the solutions so you can make an informed decision. To begin, reach at 866-397-3787 to schedule an appointment today! 

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