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

Whether you add a sunroom, family room or other space to your home, being comfy in your new room year-round is key. However, they can present a unique situation for contentment. This is due to the fact installing ductwork is expensive. And that your heating and cooling system may not be deal with the increased load, as it was sized without including the addition.

One of the most reasonably priced options is to add a mini-split. This system delivers energy-efficient heating and cooling, all without ductwork. Discover more about mini-splits and how installing one in your addition could be a fantastic fit.

All About Mini-Splits and How They Work

A ductless mini-split has an outdoor condenser that can link to several indoor units. These units are slim, quiet and typically placed on the wall. These systems move heat from indoor or outdoor air, so they’re often referred to as a mini-split heat pump, since they’re nearly identical to ducted heat pumps that southern homeowners have relied on for decades.

Heat pumps are very energy efficient as they shift heat to make your addition more comfortable. In actuality, many have reached ENERGY STAR® certification, which can make you eligible for added rebates and reduce your energy bills for many years.

Another exclusive feature includes zoned heating and cooling. Because each room typically has a dedicated indoor unit, you can select your preferred temperature from room to room. As an example, a mini-split AC is particularly useful if you have a room with precise temperature needs, including a home gym.

Why a Mini-Split is Worth It for Your Room

Having a mini-split system is worth it for areas that lack ductwork. Here are a couple reasons why it’s wiser than adding ductwork and relying on your existing heating and cooling system.

  1. Adding ductwork is expensive. Extending ductwork in your new addition can be expensive. Although the total amount will depend on your house, it run thousands of dollars.
  2. Your current home comfort system may become overwhelmed. When your current heating and cooling system was put in, it was based on the square footage of your residence before the addition. This may overwhelm your system and make it wear out faster.
  3. Your comfort might suffer. Since your heating and cooling system is sized for exact square footage, your comfort could suffer if your system is forced to manage a bigger area. Your heating and cooling might be less effective, and your electricity and gas costs could skyrocket since the system needs to turn on more regularly.

What Size Mini-Split You Should Install

Like regular systems, mini-splits are offered in several 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 work with our Experts at Parker Pearce Service Experts, we’ll help you select the correct size for your new addition. And your wallet.

An ENERGY STAR mini-split unit can generate big energy savings over its life cycle, which can be 20 years or more when correctly serviced. 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 Parker Pearce Service Experts for Your Mini-Split Installation

From addressing all your questions and helping you choose the recommended model to providing Expert mini-split installation, Parker Pearce Service Experts can accommodate all your mini-split needs. If you’re considering a home addition or recently completed one, we can provide assistance. Give us a call at 301-476-4577 today to request a free consultation and estimate.

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