How to Heat and Cool a New Area in Your Home That Doesn’t Have Ductwork 

Whether you add a sunroom, family room or other space to your house, being cozy in your new room regardless of outdoor temperatures is important. However, they can make a unique situation for heating and cooling. This is due to the fact extending ductwork is pricey. And that your heating and cooling system may not be able to handle the higher load, because it was sized without taking the addition into consideration.

One of the most reasonably priced solutions is to install a mini-split. This system offers energy-efficient heating and cooling, with no ductwork required. Learn more about mini-splits and how installing one in your addition might be a fantastic fit.

All About Mini-Splits and How They Operate

A ductless mini-split, because they’re nearly identical to ducted heat pumps that southern homeowners have used for decades.

Heat pumps are extremely energy efficient as they shift heat to make your addition comfier. In fact, many have reached ENERGY STAR® certification, which may make you eligible for additional rebates and decrease your utility costs for many years.

Another special feature includes zoned heating and cooling. Since each room often has a dedicated indoor unit, you can select your preferred temperature from room to room. As an instance, a mini-split AC is very helpful if you have a space with special temperature needs, including a home gym.

Why a Mini-Split is Worth It for Your Room

Getting a mini-split system is worth it for areas that don’t have ductwork. Here are several reasons why it’s smarter than extending ductwork and relying on your current heating and cooling system.

    1. Adding ductwork is costly. Installing ductwork in your new addition can be costly. Although the precise figure will depend on your residence, it could be thousands of dollars.
    1. Your current home comfort system could become stressed. When your current heating and cooling system was put in, it was based on the square footage of your home in advance of the addition. This could overwork your system and make it wear down faster.
    1. Your comfort may decrease. Since your heating and cooling system is sized for specific square footage, your comfort could be reduced if your system is required to cover a larger space. Your heating and cooling could be less effective, and your energy expenses could skyrocket since the system needs to operate more regularly.

What Size Mini-Split You Should Get

Like regular systems, mini-splits are available in several 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 Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we’ll help you choose the proper size for your new space. And your budget.

An ENERGY STAR mini-split unit can result in huge energy savings over its life cycle, which can be 20 years or more when correctly 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 Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Your Mini-Split Installation

From answering all your questions and helping you choose the recommended model to providing Expert mini-split installation, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing can handle all your mini-split needs. If you’re planning a home addition or recently finished one, we can help. Reach us at 866-397-3787 now to request a free consultation and estimate.

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