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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 more square footage in your house is sure to be handy. Just remember to think over the heating and cooling needs of the new area. One of those considerations should cover whether you should upgrade your HVAC system for a home addition in the U.S.. Our guide will help you as you take the first step in the process.

Option 1: No Upgrade Needed

If the home addition involves growing a space instead of putting on completely new rooms, you may not need to enhance the HVAC system at all. This is usually the case if your heating and cooling equipment was too big to begin with. Get a load calculation from a pro technician, like one from Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing by calling 866-397-3787. This will affect if your present HVAC setup can manage the upgrades you’ve made to your home.

Option 2: Upgrade Your HVAC System

Another option for delivering heat and air conditioning into your home addition is to extend the ductwork from your current forced-air unit. If you rely on radiators or baseboard heating, you can add hot water piping to the new room.

Please note that, along with ductwork or water piping, you could also have to add HVAC equipment to take care of the higher load. The subsequent increase in electricity usage may even need an enhanced electrical panel. If your heating and cooling system is due for a replacement soon, this could be perfectly acceptable.

Option 3: Get a Ductless Mini-Split

Instead of getting a new system to handle the added area, you can put in a separate one. Ductless mini-splits are perfect for this. They have two parts. There’s a condensing unit that is installed on cement outdoors, akin to an air conditioner. Then there’s the small indoor blower that is placed to the ceiling or wall.

Similar to a central heat pump, mini-split HVAC systems deliver both heating and cooling for continual comfort from a sole setup.

Since it links with a wall- or ceiling-mounted air handler, no ductwork is required. You can even join up to four indoor blowers with one outdoor unit for zoned heating and cooling in differing parts of your home. A ductless mini-split may be the ideal HVAC option for your home addition if:

    • Your existing system can’t take on the additional area, and you’re not prepared to replace it all right now.
    • The old and expanded rooms have different heating and cooling needs.
    • You want to add air conditioning to your house without putting in or lengthening the ductwork.

If you need help figuring out which HVAC option is best, let Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing provide our advice. We have a lot of experience helping homeowners fine-tune their indoor comfort, with a dedication to efficiency and eco-friendly HVAC solutions.

We’ll get started by completing a load calculation to learn your needs. Then, we can provide cost breakdowns for ductwork installation and system upgrades vs. putting in a ductless mini-split HVAC system. We’ll present you with all the options so you can make a wise decision. To start, reach at 866-397-3787 to schedule an appointment right away!

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