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

Whether you’re adding a second family room, a guest space or enlarging the kitchen, having additional square footage in your house is sure to be convenient. Just keep in mind you need to think about the heating and cooling requirements of the new room. One of those considerations should cover whether you should upgrade your HVAC system for a home addition in Columbus. Our instructions will help you as you get started with the process. 

Option 1: No Upgrade Necessary 

If the home addition involves expanding a room rather than adding completely new rooms, you may not need to improve the HVAC system at all. This is usually the instance if your heating and cooling equipment was too big originally. Schedule a load calculation from an Expert technician, like one from Stevenson Service Experts by calling 614-334-3192. This will decide if your existing HVAC setup can handle the upgrades you’ve made to your residence. 

Option 2: Upgrade Your HVAC System 

Another idea for getting heat and air conditioning into your home addition is to add on to the ductwork from your present forced-air system. If you rely on radiators or baseboard heating, you can add hot water piping to the new area. 

Be aware that, adding ductwork or water piping, you may also have to put in HVAC equipment to take care of the increased load. The ensuing increase in electricity usage may even need a new electrical panel. If your heating and cooling system needs to be replaced soon, this may be a good solution. 

Option 3: Add a Ductless Mini-Split 

Rather than getting a new equipment to cover the additional space, you can get a separate one. Ductless mini-splits are great for this. They consist of two parts. There’s a condensing system that is placed on cement outside, similar to an air conditioner. Then there’s the space-saving indoor blower that mounts to the ceiling or wall. 

Similar to a central heat pump, mini-split HVAC systems deliver both heating and cooling for continual comfort from one piece of equipment. 

Since it links with 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 distinct areas in your house. A ductless mini-split may be the right HVAC system for your home addition if: 

  • Your current system can’t absorb the extra area, and you’re not ready to replace everything today. 
  • The old and expanded additions have varying heating and cooling needs. 
  • You would like to add air conditioning to your home without installing or adding on to the ductwork. 

If you need help figuring out which HVAC option is best, let Stevenson Service Experts offer our recommendations. We have years of experience helping homeowners adjust their indoor comfort, with a dedication to efficiency and eco-friendly HVAC options. 

We’ll start the process by completing a load calculation to determine your needs. Then, we can offer cost comparisons for ductwork installation and system upgrades vs. installing a ductless mini-split HVAC system. We’ll present you with all the options so you can make an informed decision. To begin, reach at 614-334-3192 to schedule an appointment today! 

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