Whether you’re adding a second family room, a guest suite or expanding the kitchen, having more square footage in your residence is sure to be handy. Just remember to think about the heating and cooling necessities of the new space. One of those points should cover whether you should upgrade your HVAC system for a home addition in Clearwater. Our guide will help you as you take the first step in the process.
Option 1: No Upgrade Required
If the home addition involves enlarging a room as opposed to adding entirely new rooms, you may not need to upgrade the HVAC system at all. This is usually the situation if your heating and cooling units were too large when they were installed. Schedule a load calculation from a professional technician, for example one from Midway Services by calling 727-219-2471. This will affect if your current HVAC equipment can handle the changes you’ve made to your house.
Option 2: Install a New HVAC System
Another solution for delivering heat and air conditioning into your home addition is to add on to the ductwork from your current forced-air equipment. If you have radiators or baseboard heating, you can lengthen hot water piping to the new space.
Be aware that, along with ductwork or water piping, you might also have to install HVAC equipment to handle the bigger load. The resulting increase in electricity consumption could even require an electrical panel upgrade. If your heating and cooling system is due for a replacement soon, this may be a good option.
Option 3: Install a Ductless Mini-Split
Rather than upgrading your existing system to cover the added area, you can add a freestanding one. Ductless mini-splits are ideal for this. They consist of two parts. There’s a condensing unit that is placed on cement outdoors, much like an air conditioner. Then there’s the sleek indoor blower that is installed to the ceiling or wall.
Similar to a central heat pump, mini-split HVAC systems provide both heating and cooling for continual comfort from one system.
Since it includes a wall- or ceiling-mounted air handler, you don’t need ductwork. You can even link up to four indoor units with one outdoor unit for zoned heating and cooling in differing areas in your home. A ductless mini-split may be the right HVAC system for your home addition if:
- Your present system can’t absorb the added space, and you’re not able to replace everything right now.
- The old and expanded spaces have varying heating and cooling needs.
- You are looking to add air conditioning to your residence without getting or extending the ductwork.
If you need help figuring out which HVAC option is best, let Midway Services provide our suggestions. We have a wealth of experience helping homeowners fine-tune their indoor comfort, with a dedication to efficiency and eco-friendly HVAC solutions.
Let us start by doing a load calculation to learn your needs. Then, we can provide cost listings for ductwork installation and system upgrades vs. installing a ductless mini-split HVAC system. We’ll offer you all the solutions so you can make a wise decision. To get started, call at 727-219-2471 to schedule an appointment now!