Should You Install a New HVAC System for a Home Addition? 

Whether you’re putting on a second family room, a guest area or expanding the kitchen, having additional square footage in your residence is sure to prove useful. Just keep in mind you need to think about the heating and cooling necessities of the new area. One of those considerations should cover whether you should upgrade your HVAC system for a home addition in Birmingham. Our guide will help you as you get started with the process. 

Option 1: No Upgrade Needed 

If the home addition involves expanding a space rather than adding totally new rooms, you may not need to improve the HVAC system at all. This is most likely the instance if your heating and cooling system was too big originally. Request a load calculation from an Expert technician, like one from Norrell Service Experts by calling 205-267-0023. This will decide if your present HVAC setup can manage the modifications you’ve made to your home. 

Option 2: Upgrade Your HVAC System 

Another idea for getting heat and air conditioning into your home addition is to lengthen the ductwork from your current forced-air system. If you have radiators or baseboard heating, you can add hot water piping to the new area. 

You should know that, along with ductwork or water piping, you may also have to put in HVAC equipment to handle the increased load. The resulting increase in electricity usage may even require a new electrical panel. If your heating and cooling system requires a replacement soon, this may be a good option. 

Option 3: Install a Ductless Mini-Split 

Instead of installing a new unit to manage the additional area, you can add a freestanding one. Ductless mini-splits are great for this. They have two parts. There’s a condensing unit that is installed on a slab near your home, much like an air conditioner. Then there’s the space-saving indoor blower that is placed on the ceiling or wall. 

Similar to a central heat pump, mini-split HVAC systems offer both heating and cooling for continuous comfort from a sole setup. 

Since it uses a wall- or ceiling-mounted air handler, no ductwork is required. You can even add up to four indoor blowers with one outdoor unit for zoned heating and cooling in distinct areas in your house. A ductless mini-split may be the ideal HVAC option for your home addition if: 

  • Your present system can’t take on the added room, and you’re not able to replace everything right now. 
  • The old and additional additions have differing heating and cooling needs. 
  • You are looking to add air conditioning to your residence without getting or extending the ductwork. 

If you need help determining which HVAC option is a good match, let Norrell Service Experts offer our suggestions. We have a wealth of experience helping homeowners fine-tune their indoor comfort, with a passion for efficiency and eco-friendly HVAC systems. 

Let us start by doing a load calculation to determine your needs. Then, we can offer cost comparisons for ductwork installation and system upgrades vs. getting a ductless mini-split HVAC system. We’ll offer you all the possibilities so you can make a smart decision. To begin, reach at 205-267-0023 to schedule an appointment right away! 

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