Whether you add a sunroom, family room or other space to your home, being cozy in your new room no matter the weather is key. However, they can present a unique situation for heating and cooling. This is since extending ductwork is costly. And that your heating and cooling system may not be able to handle the heightened load, as it was sized without including the addition.
One of the most cost-effective possibilities is to get a mini-split. This system offers energy-efficient heating and cooling, all without ductwork. Find out more about mini-splits and how installing one in your addition might be a good option.
All About Mini-Splits and How They Operate
A ductless mini-split has an outdoor condenser that can connect to several indoor units. These units are sleek, quiet and often installed 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 much like 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 room comfier. In reality, many have earned ENERGY STAR® certification, which could make you eligible for added rebates and decrease your energy bills for many years.
Another unique feature is zoned heating and cooling. Since each room usually has an individual indoor unit, you can choose your preferred temperature from room to room. For example, a mini-split AC is particularly beneficial if you have a area with special temperature needs, like a home gym.
Why a Mini-Split is Worth It for Your Room
Installing a mini-split system is worth it for rooms that are without ductwork. Here are a couple reasons why it’s wiser than adding ductwork and leaning on your present heating and cooling system.
- Installing ductwork is costly. Extending ductwork in your new addition can be expensive. Although the total cost will depend on your residence, it be as much as thousands of dollars.
- Your existing 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 could overwork your system and make it fail more rapidly.
- Your comfort may suffer. Because your heating and cooling system is sized for precise square footage, your comfort may be reduced if your system has to manage a bigger space. Your heating and cooling could be less efficient, and your electricity and gas expenses may become costlier as a result of the system needing to turn on more regularly.
What Size Mini-Split You Should Get
Like more common systems, mini-splits are available in several sizes based on the square footage they’ll be heating and cooling. Here are three of the most popular 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 Stark Services, we’ll help you select the right size for your new addition. And your wallet.
An ENERGY STAR mini-split unit can result in big energy savings over its life cycle, which can be 20 years or longer when correctly serviced. ENERGY STAR says having one can save you 60% on heating and 30% on cooling, in comparison with an electric heating system and conventional air conditioner.
Trust Stark Services for Your Mini-Split Installation
From answering all your questions and helping you select the recommended model to supplying Expert mini-split installation, Stark Services can take care of all your mini-split needs. If you’re considering a home addition or recently finished one, we can provide support. Reach us at 817-668-6689 today to request a free consultation and estimate.