One of the biggest decisions a homeowner will ever make is deciding to build an addition to your home. There are a lot of individual decisions to be made, and you need to make sure HVAC is one of them. It’s critical that you have the right amount of power for heating and cooling the new extra space! In this post, we’ll explore a few of your options.
The first option would be to expand the reach of your existing HVAC. This is an ideal solution provided you’ve got the power to handle it. Technicians with The Bosworth Company can analyze your existing unit to let you know how it’ll do. If the unit is producing enough heating and a/c to power the whole home, then all you need to do is install the proper ductwork to make sure it’s reaching the new addition. Using your existing HVAC is a typical solution when the area you’re adding is something small like a sunroom.
Another option would be adding a completely separate system to your home. This may be a good idea if your current system is running great but just doesn’t have the power to adequately heat or cool a large addition. A second system can also be beneficial for energy efficiency, especially if you may want to set the temperature at different levels for different parts of the house.
Based on the size and layout of your home’s addition, it may be a good idea to replace your HVAC system with a larger one that has more power to reach a larger area. This can be a good idea based on the size of the addition, and especially if your current HVAC system could be ready for a replacement anyway. It is important that you don’t try to heat or cool an entire home with a unit that’s too small – it could result in the unit running all the time trying to reach the desired temperature, which is very inefficient.
Maybe you want to think outside the box to make your new addition comfortable. How about adding a ductless system to heat and cool your new space? A mini-split could be the perfect low-cost solution to allow you to keep the space comfortable without having to add a full HVAC unit, complete with air ducts running through your attic.
A couple of other options include some traditional solutions like window air conditioning units or baseboard heaters. These are cost-effective measures that can work for heating or cooling a moderately-sized single room. One negative of these methods is the tendency to heat or cool only in the immediate area of the unit, so they’ll have a smaller effect even across the room.
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Does this seem like a lot of info? Don’t worry, The Bosworth Company can help you decide what solution is right for you! Make an appointment online, or call us today at (830) 428-2764. It’s Worth the Call. Always.