How to Heat and Cool a New Addition on Your Home That Doesn’t Include Ductwork 

Whether you add a sunroom, family room or other space to your house, being comfy in your new room throughout the year is important. However, they can create a unique situation for comfort. This is because adding ductwork is pricey. And that your heating and cooling system may not be deal with the higher load, since it was sized without taking the addition into consideration. 

One of the most affordable options is to add 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 option. 

All About Mini-Splits and How They Heat and Cool 

A ductless mini-split, since they’re very similar to ducted heat pumps that southern homeowners have relied on for decades. 

Heat pumps are very energy efficient since they move heat to make your space more comfortable. In actuality, many have reached ENERGY STAR® certification, which could make you eligible for additional rebates and reduce your utility costs for many years. 

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

Why a Mini-Split is Worth It for Your Room 

Installing a mini-split system is worth it for spaces that lack ductwork. Here are several reasons why it’s smarter than adding ductwork and leaning on your current heating and cooling system. 

  1. Installing ductwork is expensive. Extending ductwork in your new addition can be costly. Although the precise amount will depend on your home, it be as much as thousands of dollars. 
  1. Your current home comfort system may become overwhelmed. When your current heating and cooling system was chosen, it was based on the square footage of your house before the addition. This could overwhelm your system and make it fail faster. 
  1. Your comfort may decrease. Since your heating and cooling system is sized for exact square footage, your comfort may be reduced if your system is forced to manage a bigger space. Your heating and cooling could be less efficient, and your utility costs may go up due to the system needing to operate more often. 

What Size Mini-Split You Need 

Like regular systems, mini-splits are available in various 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 collaborate our Experts at Air Engineers Service Experts, we’ll help you choose the right size for your new area. And your budget. 

An ENERGY STAR mini-split unit can create sizable energy savings over its lifetime, which can be 20 years or greater when routinely serviced. ENERGY STAR says having one can save you 60% on heating and 30% on cooling, when compared to an electric heating system and conventional air conditioner. 

Trust Air Engineers Service Experts for Your Mini-Split Installation 

From addressing all your questions and helping you choose the ideal model to delivering Expert mini-split installation, Air Engineers Service Experts can take care of all your mini-split needs. If you’re thinking about a home addition or recently finished one, we can provide assistance. Reach us at 904-450-5672 now to request a free consultation and estimate

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