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How to Heat and Cool a New Area in Your Home That’s Without Ductwork 

Whether you add a sunroom, family room or other addition to your house, being comfortable in your new area year-round is a priority. However, they can make a unique challenge for comfort. This is because installing ductwork is pricey. And that your heating and cooling system may not be deal with the higher load, as it was sized without taking the addition into consideration. 

One of the most affordable options is to get a mini-split. This system offers energy-efficient heating and cooling, with no ductwork needed. Discover more about mini-splits and how getting one for your addition can be a fantastic solution. 

All About Mini-Splits and How They Work 

A ductless mini-split, since they’re nearly identical to ducted heat pumps that southern homeowners have used for decades. 

Heat pumps are extremely energy efficient as they move heat to make your addition comfier. In fact, many have achieved ENERGY STAR® certification, which could make you eligible for additional rebates and reduce your energy bills for years to come. 

Another exclusive feature is zoned heating and cooling. Since each room often has a dedicated indoor unit, you can select your preferred temperature from room to room. For example, a mini-split AC is particularly beneficial if you have a area with specific temperature needs, like a home gym. 

Why a Mini-Split is Worth It for Your Space 

Having a mini-split system is worth it for spaces that lack ductwork. Here are several reasons why it’s wiser than extending ductwork and leaning on your present heating and cooling system. 

  1. Installing ductwork is expensive. Extending ductwork in your new addition can be expensive. Although the total cost will depend on your home, it run thousands of dollars. 
  1. Your existing home comfort system might become stressed. When your existing heating and cooling system was chosen, it was based on the square footage of your house prior to the addition. This may overwhelm your system and make it wear out faster. 
  1. Your comfort could be affected. As your heating and cooling system is sized for precise square footage, your comfort may be reduced if your system is required to take care of a bigger location. Your heating and cooling could be less efficient, and your energy bills could become costlier as a result of the system needing to turn on more often. 

What Size Mini-Split You Need 

Like more common systems, mini-splits are available 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 partner our Experts at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we’ll help you choose the right size for your new space. And your wallet. 

An ENERGY STAR mini-split unit can result in big energy savings over its life cycle, which can be 20 years or more when routinely maintained. 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 Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Your Mini-Split Installation 

From addressing all your questions and helping you choose the ideal model to supplying Expert mini-split installation, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing can accommodate all your mini-split needs. If you’re thinking about a home addition or recently wrapped one up, we can provide support. Reach us at 866-397-3787 now to request a free consultation and estimate

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