So, you’re building an addition. Congratulations! Additional living space can make your home more comfortable and increase its value. But have you given any thought to how the extra square footage will impact your central air system?
Heating and Cooling Challenges of Your Addition
Your plan may be to finish out the attic or basement or add a room on the back of the house. You might be building a completely detached in-law suite. No matter what your addition looks like, heating and cooling it can be a challenge.
- There may be no room to extend the existing ducts without making costly changes.
- The existing HVAC systems may not be sized to handle heating and cooling the additional space.
- The new space could be far from the house's thermostat, which means it may not get adequate cooling or heating depending on the season.
A Ductless Mini-Split Can Do the Job
As the name implies, a ductless mini-split doesn't rely on ductwork, so no disruptive retrofitting is required. This system consists of an indoor air handler and an outside condensing unit. The two are connected via a conduit housing a power cable, refrigerant tubing, suction tubing and a condensate drain. The indoor air handler mounts flush against the wall. Some models come in different colors, so you can try to blend the unit in with the room’s aesthetic. While easier to install than a conventional HVAC system, professional installation is highly recommended.
The mini-split operates independently of your HVAC system with its own thermostat, giving those in the space complete control over their comfort. Plus, the unit can be turned off when the room is unoccupied to curb energy usage.
Bottom line: A ducltess mini-splits are an affordable, easy-to-install option that provides powerful cooling and heating comfort. For all of your heating and cooling needs, contact Complete Comfort at (317) 671-7552.