How to Heat and Cool a New Area in Your Home That Doesnt Include Ductwork

Whether you add a sunroom, family room or other room to your house, being comfortable in your new room no matter the weather is important. However, they can present a unique problem for contentment. This is because adding ductwork is expensive. And that your heating and cooling system may not be deal with the heightened load, since it was sized without considering the addition.

One of the most reasonably priced solutions is to add a mini-split. This system delivers energy-efficient heating and cooling, with no ductwork required. Learn more about mini-splits and how installing one in your addition might be a good option.

All About Mini-Splits and How They Work

A ductless mini-split has an outdoor condenser that can be hooked up to multiple indoor units. These units are space savers, quiet and usually placed on the wall. These systems shift heat from indoor or outdoor air, so they’re frequently referred to as a mini-split heat pump, since they’re nearly identical to ducted heat pumps that have been used in southern climates for decades.

Heat pumps are extremely energy efficient as they move heat to make your room cozier. In reality, many have reached ENERGY STAR® certification, which may make you eligible for additional rebates and reduce your heating and cooling costs for many years.

Another unique feature includes zoned heating and cooling. Since each room typically has a dedicated indoor unit, you can set your preferred temperature from room to room. For example, a mini-split AC is particularly helpful if you have a room with precise temperature needs, such as a home gym.

Why a Mini-Split is Worth It for Your Room

Having a mini-split system is worth it for rooms that are without ductwork. Here are a couple reasons why it’s better than extending ductwork and leaning on your current heating and cooling system.

  1. Adding ductwork is expensive. Extending ductwork in your new addition can be costly. Although the total cost will depend on your residence, it run thousands of dollars.
  2. Your current home comfort system might become overworked. When your present heating and cooling system was installed, it was based on the square footage of your house in advance of the addition. This can overwhelm your system and make it fail more quickly.
  3. Your comfort might be affected. Since your heating and cooling system is sized for precise square footage, your comfort may suffer if your system is forced to take care of a bigger space. Your heating and cooling could be less powerful, and your energy expenses could get more expensive as a result of the system needing to turn on more regularly.

What Size Mini-Split You Should Get

Like more common systems, mini-splits come 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 work with our Experts at Jack Nelson Service Experts, we’ll help you get the proper size for your new space. And your wallet.

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

Trust Jack Nelson Service Experts for Your Mini-Split Installation

From addressing all your questions and helping you pick the ideal model to delivering Expert mini-split installation, Jack Nelson Service Experts can handle all your mini-split needs. If you’re thinking about a home addition or recently finished one, we can provide support. Give us a call at 918-212-8927 today to request a free consultation and estimate.

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