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

Whether you add a sunroom, family room or other space to your home, being comfy in your new room throughout the year is important. However, they can present a unique situation for comfort. This is because extending ductwork is costly. And that your heating and cooling system may not be deal with the higher load, because it was sized without taking the addition into consideration. 

One of the most affordable options is to get a mini-split. This system delivers energy-efficient heating and cooling, with no ductwork required. Learn more about mini-splits and how getting one for your addition might be a great solution. 

All About Mini-Splits and How They Operate 

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

Heat pumps are highly energy efficient as they transfer heat to make your space comfier. In reality, many have reached ENERGY STAR® certification, which can make you eligible for added rebates and reduce your heating and cooling costs for many years. 

Another exclusive feature is zoned heating and cooling. Because each room usually has an individual indoor unit, you can choose your preferred temperature from room to room. For example, a mini-split AC is particularly beneficial if you have a room with precise temperature needs, such as a home gym. 

Why a Mini-Split is Worth It for Your Room 

Installing a mini-split system is worth it for spaces that lack ductwork. Here are several reasons why it’s wiser than extending ductwork and relying on your current heating and cooling system. 

  1. Installing ductwork is expensive. Extending ductwork in your new addition can be expensive. Although the total amount will depend on your home, it could be thousands of dollars. 
  1. Your current home comfort system may become overwhelmed. When your current heating and cooling system was chosen, it was based on the square footage of your home prior to the addition. This may overwhelm your system and make it fail more rapidly. 
  1. Your comfort could decrease. Since your heating and cooling system is sized for specific square footage, your comfort may be reduced if your system is forced to manage a bigger area. Your heating and cooling might be less effective, and your utility costs may increase since the system needs to operate more often. 

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 regularly 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 collaborate our Experts at Midway Services, we’ll help you choose the correct size for your new addition. And your budget. 

An ENERGY STAR mini-split unit can create sizable energy savings over its lifetime, which can be 20 years or greater when routinely tuned up. ENERGY STAR says having one can save you 60% on heating and 30% on cooling, in contrast to an electric heating system and conventional air conditioner. 

Trust Midway Services for Your Mini-Split Installation 

From answering all your questions and helping you choose the ideal model to delivering Expert mini-split installation, Midway Services can take care of all your mini-split needs. If you’re considering a home addition or recently finished one, we can help. Reach us at 727-219-2471 now to request a free consultation and estimate

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