How to Heat and Cool a New Space in Your Home That’s Without Ductwork 

Whether you add a sunroom, family room or other addition to your residence, being cozy in your new room throughout the year is key. However, they can create a unique situation for contentment. This is because installing ductwork is costly. And that your heating and cooling system may not be able to handle the increased load, since it was sized without considering the addition. 

One of the most reasonably priced possibilities is to get a mini-split. This system delivers energy-efficient heating and cooling, with no ductwork needed. Learn more about mini-splits and how adding one to your addition can be a great solution. 

All About Mini-Splits and How They Work 

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

Heat pumps are very energy efficient as they shift heat to make your addition comfier. In actuality, many have reached ENERGY STAR® certification, which could make you eligible for extra rebates and reduce your energy bills for many years. 

Another unique feature involves zoned heating and cooling. Since each room typically has an individual 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 area with special temperature needs, including a home gym. 

Why a Mini-Split is Worth It for Your Space 

Having a mini-split system is worth it for rooms that don’t have ductwork. Here are a couple reasons why it’s wiser than extending ductwork and using your existing heating and cooling system. 

  1. Installing ductwork is pricey. Extending ductwork in your new addition can be costly. Although the precise amount 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 chosen, it was based on the square footage of your home in advance of the addition. This can overwork your system and make it wear out more rapidly. 
  1. Your comfort could be impacted. Since your heating and cooling system is sized for exact square footage, your comfort could suffer if your system is required to take care of a wider area. Your heating and cooling could be less efficient, and your utility bills might go up since the system needs to run more often. 

What Size Mini-Split You Should Install 

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 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 Stevenson Service Experts, we’ll help you select the right size for your new area. And your budget. 

An ENERGY STAR mini-split unit can create sizable energy savings over its life span, which can be 20 years or more when correctly serviced. ENERGY STAR says installing one can save you 60% on heating and 30% on cooling, when compared to an electric heating system and conventional air conditioner. 

Trust Stevenson Service Experts for Your Mini-Split Installation 

From addressing all your questions and helping you pick the ideal model to delivering Expert mini-split installation, Stevenson Service Experts can take care of all your mini-split needs. If you’re thinking about a home addition or recently wrapped one up, we can provide assistance. Give us a call at 614-334-3192 today to request a free consultation and estimate

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