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

Whether you add a sunroom, family room or other room to your home, being comfy in your new area throughout the year is a priority. However, they can make a unique challenge for comfort. This is because adding ductwork is expensive. And that your heating and cooling system may not be able to handle the higher load, because it was sized without including the addition.

One of the most reasonably priced solutions is to add a mini-split. This system offers energy-efficient heating and cooling, with no ductwork required. Find out more about mini-splits and how getting one for your addition could be a good solution.

All About Mini-Splits and How They Operate

A ductless mini-split has an outdoor condenser that can be hooked up to more than one indoor units. These units are space savers, quiet and usually placed on the wall. These systems transfer heat from indoor or outdoor air, so they’re commonly called a mini-split heat pump, as they’re much like ducted heat pumps that southern homeowners have relied on for decades.

Heat pumps are extremely energy efficient because they transfer heat to make your addition more comfortable. In fact, many have achieved ENERGY STAR® certification, which can make you eligible for extra rebates and lower your heating and cooling bills for a long time.

Another exclusive feature involves zoned heating and cooling. Since each room usually has an individual indoor unit, you can set your preferred temperature from room to room. As an instance, a mini-split AC is particularly useful if you have a room with specific temperature needs, like a home gym.

Why a Mini-Split is Worth It for Your Space

Installing a mini-split system is worth it for areas that are without ductwork. Here are a couple reasons why it’s better than installing ductwork and relying on your current heating and cooling system.

  1. Installing ductwork is pricey. Extending ductwork in your new addition can add up quickly. Although the total cost will depend on your home, it be as much as thousands of dollars.
  2. Your present home comfort system might become overwhelmed. When your existing heating and cooling system was chosen, it was based on the square footage of your home in advance of the addition. This can overwork your system and make it wear down faster.
  3. Your comfort may be impacted. Since your heating and cooling system is sized for specific square footage, your comfort could decrease if your system is forced to cover a wider space. Your heating and cooling might be less efficient, and your energy costs might get more expensive due to the system needing to run more regularly.

What Size Mini-Split You Should Install

Like regular systems, mini-splits come in several sizes based on the square footage they’ll be heating and cooling. Here are three of the most frequently 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 partner our Experts at D.A. Bennett Service Experts, we’ll help you get the right size for your new space. And your budget.

An ENERGY STAR mini-split unit can result in sizable energy savings over its life cycle, which can be 20 years or longer when correctly maintained. ENERGY STAR says getting one can save you 60% on heating and 30% on cooling, when compared to an electric heating system and conventional air conditioner.

Trust D.A. Bennett Service Experts for Your Mini-Split Installation

From answering all your questions and helping you choose the ideal model to delivering Expert mini-split installation, D.A. Bennett Service Experts can accommodate all your mini-split needs. If you’re planning a home addition or recently wrapped one up, we can provide support. Reach us at 518-205-3324 right away to request a free consultation and estimate.

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