Whether you’re putting on a second family room, a guest space or growing the kitchen, having additional square footage in your house is sure to be handy. Just keep in mind you need to consider the heating and cooling necessities of the new room. One of those considerations should cover whether you should upgrade your HVAC system for a home addition in Grand Island. Our guide will help you as you take the first step in the process.
Option 1: No Upgrade Necessary
If the home addition involves enlarging a space rather than adding totally new rooms, you may not need to improve the HVAC system at all. This is usually the instance if your heating and cooling equipment was too big when they were installed. Book a load calculation from a professional technician, such as one from McElroy Service Experts by calling 308-210-4398. This will figure out if your present HVAC setup can take on the changes you’ve made to your home.
Option 2: Upgrade Your HVAC System
Another idea 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 area.
You should know that, adding ductwork or water piping, you could also have to add HVAC equipment to take care of the increased load. The following increase in electricity use may even need an enhanced 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 unit to handle the added space, you can install a separate one. Ductless mini-splits are great for this. They use two parts. There’s a condensing unit that is installed on the ground near your home, similar to an air conditioner. Then there’s the space-saving indoor blower that is placed to the ceiling or wall.
Like a central heat pump, mini-split HVAC systems deliver both heating and cooling for continual comfort from a sole setup.
Since there’s a wall- or ceiling-mounted air handler, you don’t need ductwork. You can even add up to four indoor units with one outdoor unit for zoned heating and cooling in differing parts of your residence. A ductless mini-split could be the right HVAC solution for your home addition if:
- Your present system can’t handle the extra area, and you’re not able to replace it all right away.
- The old and additional rooms have varying heating and cooling needs.
- You want to add air conditioning to your house without putting in or adding on to the ductwork.
If you need help figuring out which HVAC option is ideal, let McElroy Service Experts provide our suggestions. We have a lot of experience helping homeowners fine-tune their indoor comfort, with a commitment to efficiency and eco-friendly HVAC solutions.
Let us start by conducting a load calculation to figure out your needs. Then, we can provide cost breakdowns for ductwork installation and system upgrades vs. installing a ductless mini-split HVAC system. We’ll offer you all the possibilities so you can make an informed decision. To start, reach at 308-210-4398 to schedule an appointment right away!