Whether you’re putting on a second family room, a guest area or expanding the kitchen, having additional square footage in your home is sure to be handy. Just don’t forget to consider the heating and cooling needs of the new room. One of those considerations should cover whether you should upgrade your HVAC system for a home addition in Kansas City. Our guidebook will help you as you begin the process.
Option 1: No Upgrade Required
If the home addition includes growing a room instead of building entirely new rooms, you may not need to upgrade the HVAC system at all. This is often the situation if your heating and cooling units were too big when they were installed. Request a load calculation from a professional technician, like one from Neal Harris Service Experts by calling 816-787-0500. This will affect if your present HVAC equipment can handle the modifications you’ve made to your house.
Option 2: Upgrade Your HVAC System
Another idea for bringing heat and air conditioning into your home addition is to add on to the ductwork from your present forced-air unit. If you rely on radiators or baseboard heating, you can lengthen hot water piping to the new room.
Bear in mind that, in addition to ductwork or water piping, you may also have to install HVAC equipment to take care of the increased load. The following increase in electricity usage might even call for an enhanced electrical panel. If your heating and cooling system is due for a replacement soon, this may be a good option.
Option 3: Install a Ductless Mini-Split
Instead of upgrading your existing system to cover the extra space, you can add a freestanding one. Ductless mini-splits are ideal for this. They have two parts. There’s a condensing system that is installed on the ground near your home, similar to an air conditioner. Then there’s the sleek indoor blower that is installed against the ceiling or wall.
Similar to a central heat pump, mini-split HVAC systems provide both heating and cooling for constant comfort from one solution.
Since it includes a wall- or ceiling-mounted air handler, zero ductwork is required. You can even add up to four indoor blowers with one outdoor unit for zoned heating and cooling in distinct parts of your home. A ductless mini-split might be the right HVAC option for your home addition if:
- Your current system can’t take on the added space, and you’re not ready to replace every part today.
- The old and new spaces have different heating and cooling needs.
- You are looking to add air conditioning to your home without getting or lengthening the ductwork.
If you need help figuring out which HVAC option is best, let Neal Harris Service Experts give our recommendations. We have years of experience helping homeowners fine-tune their indoor comfort, with a commitment to efficiency and eco-friendly HVAC solutions.
Let us start by performing a load calculation to learn your needs. Then, we can provide cost breakdowns 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 begin, call at 816-787-0500 to schedule an appointment today!