Whether you’re building a second family room, a guest space or growing the kitchen, having additional square footage in your home is sure to be handy. Just remember to think about the heating and cooling needs of the new room. One of those factors should cover whether you should upgrade your HVAC system for a home addition in Charleston. Our guidebook will help you as you begin the process.
Option 1: No Upgrade Needed
If the home addition calls for expanding a room as opposed to putting on completely new rooms, you may not need to upgrade the HVAC system at all. This is usually the situation if your heating and cooling system was too big originally. Schedule a load calculation from a professional technician, such as one from Pardee Service Experts by calling 843-410-6103. This will decide if your present HVAC setup can take on the modifications you’ve made to your residence.
Option 2: Install a New HVAC System
Another solution for delivering heat and air conditioning into your home addition is to add on to the ductwork from your present forced-air equipment. If you rely on radiators or baseboard heating, you can lengthen hot water piping to the new space.
Be mindful that, adding ductwork or water piping, you might also have to install HVAC equipment to manage the increased load. The following increase in electricity use may even call for a new electrical panel. If your heating and cooling system needs to be replaced soon, this could be a good solution.
Option 3: Get a Ductless Mini-Split
Instead of getting a new equipment to cover the extra area, you can put in a stand-alone one. Ductless mini-splits are perfect for this. They use two parts. There’s a condensing unit that is installed on cement near your home, akin to an air conditioner. Then there’s the sleek indoor blower that mounts to the ceiling or wall.
Like a central heat pump, mini-split HVAC systems provide both heating and cooling for continual comfort from one setup.
Since it has a wall- or ceiling-mounted air handler, you don’t need ductwork. You can even join up to four indoor units with one outdoor unit for zoned heating and cooling in different spaces in your residence. A ductless mini-split could be the ideal HVAC option for your home addition if:
- Your current system can’t handle the additional space, and you’re not prepared to replace everything right away.
- The old and new additions have differing heating and cooling needs.
- You are looking to add air conditioning to your house without getting or lengthening the ductwork.
If you need help determining which HVAC option is best, let Pardee Service Experts give our suggestions. We have a lot of experience helping homeowners fine-tune their indoor comfort, with a commitment to efficiency and eco-friendly HVAC options.
We’ll get started by performing 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 offer you all the solutions so you can make a smart decision. To begin, reach at 843-410-6103 to schedule an appointment now!