How to Heat and Cool a New Area in Your Residence That Doesn’t Have Ductwork 

Whether you add a sunroom, family room or other room to your residence, being comfortable in your new room regardless of outdoor temperatures is a priority. However, they can create a unique challenge for contentment. This is since extending ductwork is expensive. And that your heating and cooling system may not be deal with the heightened load, since it was sized without taking the addition into consideration.

One of the most reasonably priced options is to install a mini-split. This system offers energy-efficient heating and cooling, with no ductwork required. Learn 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 very similar to ducted heat pumps that southern homeowners have relied on for decades.

Heat pumps are very energy efficient as they move heat to make your room cozier. In reality, many have earned ENERGY STAR® certification, which may make you eligible for extra rebates and reduce your heating and cooling bills for many years.

Another exclusive feature is zoned heating and cooling. Because each room usually 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 Room

Getting a mini-split system is worth it for rooms that don’t have ductwork. Here are several reasons why it’s wiser than installing ductwork and using your current heating and cooling system.

    1. Installing ductwork is expensive. Adding ductwork in your new addition can be expensive. Although the total amount will depend on your home, it run thousands of dollars.
    1. Your current home comfort system might become overwhelmed. When your present heating and cooling system was put in, it was based on the square footage of your home in advance of the addition. This may stress your system and make it wear out more quickly.
    1. Your comfort might be impacted. Since your heating and cooling system is sized for specific square footage, your comfort could decrease if your system is forced to cover a wider space. Your heating and cooling could be less efficient, and your electricity and gas bills could become costlier due to the system needing to run more often.

What Size Mini-Split You Need

Like regular systems, mini-splits are offered in various sizes based on the square footage they’ll be heating and cooling. Here are three of the most frequently installed 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 Norrell Service Experts, we’ll help you select the right size for your new addition. And your wallet.

An ENERGY STAR mini-split unit can generate sizable energy savings over its life span, which can be 20 years or longer when adequately tuned up. ENERGY STAR says installing one can save you 60% on heating and 30% on cooling, in comparison with an electric heating system and conventional air conditioner.

Trust Norrell Service Experts for Your Mini-Split Installation

From taking care of all your questions and helping you select the recommended model to delivering Expert mini-split installation, Norrell Service Experts can handle all your mini-split needs. If you’re planning a home addition or recently finished one, we can provide assistance. Contact us at 205-267-0023 now to request a free consultation and estimate.

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