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

Whether you add a sunroom, family room or other room to your house, being comfortable in your new area year-round is key. However, they can present a unique challenge for comfort. This is because adding ductwork is pricey. And that your heating and cooling system may not be able to handle the increased load, because it was sized without including the addition.

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

All About Mini-Splits and How They Operate

A ductless mini-split, since they’re much like ducted heat pumps that southern homeowners have relied on for decades.

Heat pumps are extremely energy efficient as they shift heat to make your space more comfortable. In actuality, many have earned ENERGY STAR® certification, which can make you eligible for extra rebates and lower your heating and cooling expenses for many years.

Another special feature involves zoned heating and cooling. As each room often has a dedicated indoor unit, you can select your preferred temperature from room to room. As an example, a mini-split AC is particularly useful if you have a space with special temperature needs, like a home gym.

Why a Mini-Split is Worth It for Your Room

Getting a mini-split system is worth it for spaces that don’t have ductwork. Here are several reasons why it’s wiser than adding ductwork and leaning on your current heating and cooling system.

    1. Extending ductwork is expensive. Extending ductwork in your new addition can be expensive. Although the exact figure will depend on your residence, it could be thousands of dollars.
    1. Your existing home comfort system might become stressed. When your present heating and cooling system was installed, it was based on the square footage of your house before the addition. This could overwhelm your system and make it wear out more rapidly.
    1. Your comfort could suffer. Because your heating and cooling system is sized for exact square footage, your comfort might be reduced if your system has to take care of a larger location. Your heating and cooling could be less effective, and your utility bills could skyrocket as a result of the system needing to switch on more frequently.

What Size Mini-Split You Need

Like regular systems, mini-splits are available in various 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 work with our Experts at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we’ll help you choose the right size for your new space. And your budget.

An ENERGY STAR mini-split unit can generate huge energy savings over its life span, which can be 20 years or longer when routinely serviced. ENERGY STAR says getting one can save you 60% on heating and 30% on cooling, in comparison with an electric heating system and conventional air conditioner.

Trust Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Your Mini-Split Installation

From taking care of all your questions and helping you choose the right model to providing Expert mini-split installation, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing can handle all your mini-split needs. If you’re planning a home addition or recently completed one, we can help. Contact us at 866-397-3787 today to request a free consultation and estimate.

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