How to Heat and Cool a New Space in Your House Thats Without Ductwork

Whether you add a sunroom, family room or other space to your house, being comfortable in your new room regardless of outdoor temperatures is important. However, they can present a unique situation for comfort. This is because installing ductwork is pricey. And that your heating and cooling system may not be able to handle the increased load, since it was sized without considering the addition.

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

All About Mini-Splits and How They Operate

A ductless mini-split has an outdoor condenser that can link to more than one indoor units. These units are slim, quiet and typically placed on the wall. These systems transfer heat from indoor or outdoor air, so they’re regularly called a mini-split heat pump, since they’re much like ducted heat pumps that have been used in southern climates for decades.

Heat pumps are very energy efficient as they move heat to make your addition more comfortable. In fact, many have achieved ENERGY STAR® certification, which could make you eligible for added rebates and decrease your utility bills for many years.

Another special feature includes zoned heating and cooling. As each room typically has an individual indoor unit, you can set your preferred temperature from room to room. For example, a mini-split AC is extremely beneficial if you have a room with special temperature needs, like a home gym.

Why a Mini-Split is Worth It for Your Room

Getting a mini-split system is worth it for rooms that lack ductwork. Here are a couple reasons why it’s smarter than installing ductwork and using your current heating and cooling system.

  1. Adding ductwork is expensive. Extending ductwork in your new addition can be costly. Although the exact amount will depend on your home, it run thousands of dollars.
  2. Your existing home comfort system may become stressed. When your present heating and cooling system was installed, it was based on the square footage of your home prior to the addition. This can stress your system and make it fail more rapidly.
  3. Your comfort might decrease. As your heating and cooling system is sized for specific square footage, your comfort might decrease if your system is forced to cover a wider space. Your heating and cooling could be less effective, and your utility expenses could become costlier as a result of the system needing to switch on more regularly.

What Size Mini-Split You Should Get

Like more common 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 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 collaborate our Experts at Church Services, we’ll help you get the correct size for your new space. And your wallet.

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

Trust Church Services for Your Mini-Split Installation

From addressing all your questions and helping you pick the recommended model to supplying Expert mini-split installation, Church Services can accommodate all your mini-split needs. If you’re thinking about a home addition or recently finished one, we can provide support. Reach us at 713-396-3760 today to request a free consultation and estimate.

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