Whether you’re putting on a second family room, a guest area or expanding the kitchen, having extra square footage in your house is sure to be handy. Just keep in mind you need to consider the heating and cooling requirements of the new room. One of those points should incorporate whether you should upgrade your HVAC system for a home addition in Richmond. Our instructions will help you as you take the first step in the process.
Option 1: No Upgrade Required
If the home addition includes growing a room as opposed to building completely new rooms, you may not need to upgrade the HVAC system at all. This is often the case if your heating and cooling equipment was too big when they were installed. Request a load calculation from a pro technician, for example one from Eveready Service Experts by calling 804-548-4480. This will decide if your current HVAC system can take on the upgrades you’ve made to your residence.
Option 2: HVAC System Upgrade
Another idea for getting heat and air conditioning into your home addition is to lengthen the ductwork from your existing forced-air unit. If you use radiators or baseboard heating, you can add hot water piping to the new area.
Bear in mind that, in addition to ductwork or water piping, you might also have to add HVAC equipment to manage the increased load. The ensuing increase in electricity use could even require an enhanced electrical panel. If your heating and cooling system requires a replacement soon, this could be a good option.
Option 3: Install a Ductless Mini-Split
Rather than upgrading your existing unit to manage the extra space, you can put in a stand-alone one. Ductless mini-splits are perfect for this. They have two parts. There’s a condensing unit that is placed on cement outside, akin 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 a sole piece of equipment.
Since it links with a wall- or ceiling-mounted air handler, ductwork isn’t necessary. You can even link up to four indoor blowers with one outdoor unit for zoned heating and cooling in distinct parts of your home. A ductless mini-split could be the best HVAC solution for your home addition if:
- Your current system can’t absorb the additional space, and you’re not able to replace every part right away.
- The old and additional spaces have differing heating and cooling needs.
- You would like to add air conditioning to your home without putting in or lengthening the ductwork.
If you need help deciding which HVAC option is ideal, let Eveready Service Experts give our suggestions. We have a wealth of experience helping homeowners fine-tune their indoor comfort, with a dedication to efficiency and eco-friendly HVAC solutions.
Let us start by completing a load calculation to learn your needs. Then, we can provide cost comparisons for ductwork installation and system upgrades vs. putting in a ductless mini-split HVAC system. We’ll give you all the possibilities so you can make an informed decision. To begin, call at 804-548-4480 to schedule an appointment now!