Whether you’re putting on a second family room, a guest suite or enlarging the kitchen, having more square footage in your house is sure to be convenient. Just keep in mind you need to think about the heating and cooling necessities of the new space. One of those factors should cover whether you should upgrade your HVAC system for a home addition in Houston. Our guidebook will help you as you get started with the process.
Option 1: No Upgrade Needed
If the home addition calls for growing a space instead of adding entirely new rooms, you may not need to upgrade the HVAC system at all. This is most likely the instance if your heating and cooling equipment was too large when they were installed. Get a load calculation from a professional technician, such as one from Church Services by calling 713-396-3760. This will affect if your current HVAC equipment can take on the upgrades you’ve made to your residence.
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 current forced-air system. If you rely on radiators or baseboard heating, you can lengthen hot water piping to the new space.
Be mindful that, in addition to ductwork or water piping, you might also have to install HVAC equipment to handle the higher load. The ensuing increase in electricity use could even call for an enhanced electrical panel. If your heating and cooling system is due for a replacement soon, this could be a good solution.
Option 3: Get a Ductless Mini-Split
Rather than getting a new system to cover the extra square footage, you can install a stand-alone one. Ductless mini-splits are great for this. They use two parts. There’s a condensing component that is installed on cement outside, similar to an air conditioner. Then there’s the sleek indoor blower that is placed against the ceiling or wall.
Akin to a central heat pump, mini-split HVAC systems offer both heating and cooling for constant comfort from one piece of equipment.
Since it has a wall- or ceiling-mounted air handler, ductwork isn’t necessary. You can even add up to four indoor air handlers with one outdoor unit for zoned heating and cooling in differing parts of your residence. A ductless mini-split might be the ideal HVAC system for your home addition if:
- Your existing system can’t absorb the extra space, and you’re not ready to replace it all today.
- The old and additional rooms have varying heating and cooling needs.
- You would like to add air conditioning to your home without getting or lengthening the ductwork.
If you need help determining which HVAC option is best, let Church Services give our advice. We have a wealth of experience helping homeowners fine-tune their indoor comfort, with a passion for efficiency and eco-friendly HVAC systems.
We’ll start the process by completing a load calculation to learn your needs. Then, we can give cost comparisons for ductwork installation and system upgrades vs. installing a ductless mini-split HVAC system. We’ll give you all the possibilities so you can make a wise decision. To get started, reach at 713-396-3760 to schedule an appointment now!