How to Heat and Cool a New Space in Your Home That Doesnt Include Ductwork

Whether you add a sunroom, family room or other addition to your house, being comfortable in your new area throughout the year is important. However, they can present a unique situation for heating and cooling. This is due to the fact installing ductwork is pricey. And that your heating and cooling system may not be able to handle the higher load, since it was sized without considering the addition.

One of the most affordable options is to add a mini-split. This system delivers energy-efficient heating and cooling, with no ductwork needed. Learn more about mini-splits and how getting one for your addition can be a good option.

All About Mini-Splits and How They Work

A ductless mini-split has an outdoor condenser that can be hooked up to several indoor units. These units are sleek, quiet and typically installed on the wall. These systems transfer heat from indoor or outdoor air, so they’re commonly called a mini-split heat pump, since they’re much like ducted heat pumps that have been used in southern climates for decades.

Heat pumps are very energy efficient since they transfer heat to make your space comfier. In actuality, many have reached ENERGY STAR® certification, which may make you eligible for added rebates and reduce your heating and cooling costs for many years.

Another special feature is zoned heating and cooling. Since each room often has an individual indoor unit, you can select your preferred temperature from room to room. For example, a mini-split AC is particularly useful if you have a area with precise temperature needs, including a home gym.

Why a Mini-Split is Worth It for Your Space

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

  1. Adding ductwork is costly. Extending ductwork in your new addition can be expensive. Although the exact cost will depend on your home, it could be thousands of dollars.
  2. Your current home comfort system could become stressed. When your current heating and cooling system was put in, it was based on the square footage of your home in advance of the addition. This can stress your system and make it wear out more rapidly.
  3. Your comfort might be affected. As your heating and cooling system is sized for specific square footage, your comfort may be reduced if your system has to take care of a wider space. Your heating and cooling could be less efficient, and your utility costs could get more expensive as a result of the system needing to turn on more regularly.

What Size Mini-Split You Should Install

Like regular systems, mini-splits are offered in varying 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 Stevenson Service Experts, we’ll help you get the proper size for your new space. And your budget.

An ENERGY STAR mini-split unit can create huge energy savings over its lifetime, which can be 20 years or greater when properly serviced. ENERGY STAR says having one can save you 60% on heating and 30% on cooling, when compared to an electric heating system and conventional air conditioner.

Trust Stevenson Service Experts for Your Mini-Split Installation

From answering all your questions and helping you pick the right model to delivering Expert mini-split installation, Stevenson Service Experts can accommodate all your mini-split needs. If you’re planning a home addition or recently completed one, we can provide support. Contact us at 937-503-7896 today to request a free consultation and estimate.

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