Whether you’re building a second family room, a guest area or enlarging the kitchen, having more square footage in your house is sure to be convenient. Just keep in mind you need to consider the heating and cooling necessities of the new room. One of those considerations should include whether you should upgrade your HVAC system for a home addition in Pierre. Our guide will help you as you take the first step in the process.
Option 1: No Upgrade Required
If the home addition includes enlarging an area rather than putting on totally new rooms, you may not need to upgrade the HVAC system at all. This is most likely the situation if your heating and cooling equipment was too large originally. Request a load calculation from a professional technician, such as one from Peitz Service Experts by calling 605-223-0307. This will figure out if your present HVAC setup can manage the changes you’ve made to your home.
Option 2: Replace Your HVAC System
Another solution for bringing heat and air conditioning into your home addition is to lengthen the ductwork from your present forced-air unit. If you have radiators or baseboard heating, you can add hot water piping to the new room.
Bear in mind that, adding ductwork or water piping, you may also have to put in HVAC equipment to manage the bigger load. The ensuing increase in electricity use might even require an enhanced electrical panel. If your heating and cooling system needs to be replaced soon, this could be a good option.
Option 3: Install a Ductless Mini-Split
Instead of installing a new unit to manage the added area, you can install a stand-alone one. Ductless mini-splits are perfect for this. They use two parts. There’s a condensing component that sits on cement near your home, akin to an air conditioner. Then there’s the sleek indoor blower that is installed on the ceiling or wall.
Like a central heat pump, mini-split HVAC systems provide both heating and cooling for all-season comfort from one system.
Since it has a wall- or ceiling-mounted air handler, ductwork isn’t necessary. You can even add up to four indoor blowers with one outdoor unit for zoned heating and cooling in differing parts of your house. A ductless mini-split might be the right HVAC solution for your home addition if:
- Your existing system can’t absorb the extra room, and you’re not able to replace everything right now.
- The old and new spaces have differing heating and cooling needs.
- You are looking to add air conditioning to your residence without getting or extending the ductwork.
If you need help determining which HVAC option is ideal, let Peitz Service Experts give our advice. We have years of experience helping homeowners fine-tune their indoor comfort, with a dedication to efficiency and eco-friendly HVAC solutions.
Let us start by conducting a load calculation to learn your needs. Then, we can provide cost listings for ductwork installation and system upgrades vs. putting in a ductless mini-split HVAC system. We’ll give you all the solutions so you can make an informed decision. To get started, call at 605-223-0307 to schedule an appointment now!