How to Heat and Cool a New Area in Your Residence That Doesnt Include Ductwork

Whether you add a sunroom, family room or other addition to your residence, being comfy in your new space regardless of outdoor temperatures is key. However, they can create a unique challenge for heating and cooling. This is due to the fact installing ductwork is expensive. And that your heating and cooling system may not be able to handle the higher load, as it was sized without taking the addition into consideration.

One of the most cost-effective solutions is to get a mini-split. This system offers energy-efficient heating and cooling, with no ductwork required. Learn more about mini-splits and how getting one for your addition might be a good fit.

All About Mini-Splits and How They Operate

A ductless mini-split has an outdoor condenser that can connect to several indoor units. These units are slim, quiet and often installed on the wall. These systems transfer heat from indoor or outdoor air, so they’re commonly known as a mini-split heat pump, as they’re much like ducted heat pumps that southern homeowners have used for decades.

Heat pumps are very energy efficient because they move heat to make your room comfier. In actuality, many have earned ENERGY STAR® certification, which could make you eligible for additional rebates and decrease your heating and cooling expenses for a long time.

Another exclusive feature is zoned heating and cooling. Because each room usually has its own indoor unit, you can choose your preferred temperature from room to room. As an example, a mini-split AC is especially helpful if you have a area with precise temperature needs, such as a home gym.

Why a Mini-Split is Worth It for Your Room

Installing a mini-split system is worth it for areas that lack ductwork. Here are a few reasons why it’s wiser than adding ductwork and relying on your current heating and cooling system.

  1. Extending ductwork is expensive. Adding ductwork in your new addition can add up quickly. Although the total figure will depend on your unique situation, it run thousands of dollars.
  2. Your existing home comfort system may become overworked. When your existing heating and cooling system was put in, it was based on the square footage of your house before the addition. This can overwork your system and make it wear down more rapidly.
  3. Your comfort might be affected. Because your heating and cooling system is sized for specific square footage, your comfort may be reduced if your system has to manage a bigger space. Your heating and cooling might be less effective, and your utility expenses might skyrocket since the system needs to turn on more frequently.

What Size Mini-Split You Need

Like regular systems, mini-splits are available in several sizes based on the square footage they’ll be heating and cooling. Here are three of the most popular 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 McElroy Service Experts, we’ll help you choose the proper size for your new area. And your price point.

An ENERGY STAR mini-split unit can result in big energy savings over its life cycle, which can be 20 years or more when routinely tuned up. ENERGY STAR says having one can save you 60% on heating and 30% on cooling, in comparison with an electric heating system and conventional air conditioner.

Trust McElroy Service Experts for Your Mini-Split Installation

From taking care of all your questions and helping you choose the right model to supplying Expert mini-split installation, McElroy Service Experts can accommodate all your mini-split needs. If you’re planning a home addition or recently finished one, we can provide assistance. Reach us at 308-210-4398 today to request a free consultation and estimate.

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