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Different Options For Heating And Cooling Your New Addition

by Harvie Simms

When your build an addition, you need to consider how you will heat and cool the space. Choosing the right product can help you reduce energy consumption and it can prevent larger issues from developing. It is best to look into all of your options, so you can determine which HVAC system will best suit your home's new addition.

Consider Mini Split System

Your first option is a mini-split-system that is independent of your home's existing HVAC system. This unit has its own compressor and vents that can heat and cool your new addition. Since this unit does not have an outdoor compressor, you do not have to worry about adjusting the design of your walls to suit the room's HVAC system.

Typically, a ductless product has similar components to a window unit, because it has its own fans and temperature controls. What makes this product different from a window unit is that it is more energy efficient and you can find ones that allow you to connect four vents to one ductless system. This allows you to cool or heat the room, but you do not have to take up window space to do so.

Research Split HVAC System

Another heating and cooling option is to install a split HVAC system. This system looks like a smaller version of your home's existing HVAC system, though many of these products do not require ductwork to work properly.

Normally, with this option you have a small blower unit that allows air to flow into the room. The blower is attached to an exterior compressor, which is larger than the mini system uses, which makes the split HVAC more effective for larger rooms.

Avoid Altering Older Units

You may be thinking about tying in your existing heating and cooling system to your new addition. If you have a newer model that can handle the extra work, then this can be a viable option. However, for older HVAC systems, this option can cause several problems.

One common problem is that your current unit may not have the capabilities to handle the additional space. If this should happen, you would start to notice that some rooms do not get to the desired temperature, because the new addition is overworking the HVAC system.

Additionally, when you make this type of change to an older unit, you may be required by law to upgrade other aspects of your system like installing a new compressor or indoor furnace. When you are considering any of these options, it is best to consult a certified HVAC company like Christian Brothers Plumbing Repipe/Broken Water Pipe Service and ask them to help you choose the best heating and cooling product for your home's new addition.