Adding on to your home is a great way to gain more living area, but it requires lots of advance planning to make sure the space is comfortable and functional. One key consideration is upgrading your HVAC to heat and cool the addition. It’s best to get the advice of an experienced HVAC contractor on the specific options that will work for your home, but here are three possibilities worth considering:
Extend Your Existing HVAC System
To determine if extending your current system is feasible, you’ll need to have your HVAC professional perform a load calculation and inspect your furnace, air conditioner and ductwork. If the HVAC equipment has sufficient capacity to heat and cool the additional square footage, extending the ductwork may be all that’s necessary. Keep in mind that whenever ductwork is altered, your HVAC contractor needs to make sure that the supply and return airflow is properly balanced to prevent any potential harm to the system components.
Upgrade to New, Larger-Capacity Equipment
If your existing HVAC equipment isn’t large enough to adequately heat and cool the extra square footage you plan to add, you can replace it with larger-capacity units as per the load calculation, and then expand the ductwork into the addition. Opting for new equipment may be the most economical choice if your current furnace, air conditioner or heat pump is getting older and you’ll have to replace it anyway in the near future.
Install Independent Heating and Cooling
There are a few situations when installing a separate ductless mini-split is the best solution for heating and cooling an addition. Perhaps your existing equipment is too small to handle the extra workload but it’s too new to replace, or maybe it’s not possible to extend the ductwork from the existing central system. Ductless systems offer greater flexibility on placement, they feature independent controls, and they offer heat pump technology to make heating and cooling the new space extremely energy-efficient.
If you’re planning an addition to your Monmouth County home and you’d like to learn more about upgrading your HVAC, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors.
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