Whether you add a sunroom, family room or other space to your residence, being comfortable in your new room regardless of outdoor temperatures is a priority. However, they can create a unique situation for comfort. This is due to the fact adding ductwork is expensive. And that your heating and cooling system may not be work properly with the increased load, because it was sized without including the addition.
One of the most cost-effective possibilities is to install a mini-split. This system delivers energy-efficient heating and cooling, all without ductwork. Learn more about mini-splits and how adding one to your addition could be a good option.
All About Mini-Splits and How They Operate
A ductless mini-split has an outdoor condenser that can be hooked up to several indoor units. These units are space savers, quiet and typically placed on the wall. These systems shift heat from indoor or outdoor air, so they’re frequently called a mini-split heat pump, because they’re nearly identical to ducted heat pumps that have been used in southern climates for decades.
Heat pumps are highly energy efficient because they transfer heat to make your addition comfier. In reality, many have earned ENERGY STAR® certification, which may make you eligible for additional rebates and reduce your heating and cooling costs for many years.
Another unique feature includes zoned heating and cooling. Since 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 extremely beneficial if you have a space with precise temperature needs, such as a home gym.
Why a Mini-Split is Worth It for Your Addition
Having a mini-split system is worth it for rooms that are without ductwork. Here are several reasons why it’s wiser than adding ductwork and using your present heating and cooling system.
- Installing ductwork is pricey. Extending ductwork in your new addition can add up quickly. Although the total figure will depend on your residence, it run thousands of dollars.
- Your existing home comfort system may become overworked. When your present heating and cooling system was installed, it was based on the square footage of your home in advance of the addition. This can overwhelm your system and make it wear out more rapidly.
- Your comfort might be affected. As your heating and cooling system is sized for precise square footage, your comfort might be reduced if your system is forced to take care of a larger location. Your heating and cooling may be less effective, and your energy bills may go up since the system needs to switch on more frequently.
What Size Mini-Split You Need
Like regular systems, mini-splits come in several 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 Becht/Givens Service Experts, we’ll help you select the proper size for your new addition. And your wallet.
An ENERGY STAR mini-split unit can create big energy savings over its life span, which can be 20 years or longer when adequately 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 Becht/Givens Service Experts for Your Mini-Split Installation
From taking care of all your questions and helping you choose the right model to delivering Expert mini-split installation, Becht/Givens Service Experts can handle all your mini-split needs. If you’re considering a home addition or recently wrapped one up, we can provide support. Reach us at 502-785-8230 today to request a free consultation and estimate.