If you are remodeling or adding on to your home, determining how you will heat and cool this new space is an important consideration. Finding the most efficient and cost-effective way to achieve indoor comfort in your renovation or addition is one of the first steps in the construction process. Your local HVAC expert understands current municipal code requirements, and can help you evaluate your needs and your existing system to develop the best heating and cooling strategy for you.
Adding On To Your Current System
Most minor additions or home renovations require only small changes to achieve proper heating and cooling. If your home currently uses a forced air HVAC system, such as an air conditioner and furnace or a heat pump, the easiest way to heat and cool your new space is to route ductwork from your existing system into the new area. Alternatively, if your home uses a boiler or radiator system, hot water pipes must be added into areas of new construction for heating purposes. Your HVAC expert can make these changes easily to ensure your existing system will continue to deliver heating and cooling efficiently to all areas throughout your home.
Adding a New System
If your current furnace and air conditioner are unable to take on the added load of a new space, you have two options. First, you can choose to upgrade your furnace and air conditioner to new models with greater capacity for heating and cooling than your existing system. If your home’s HVAC system is already well over ten to fifteen years old, this may be the best option, as it can help you gain heating and cooling efficiency throughout your entire home. However, if you don’t want to pay the cost of upgrading your current HVAC system or your furnace and air conditioner are still new and in great condition, you have a second option:installing a split system, also called a ductless heat pump. A ductless heat pump can provide both heating and cooling in your home’s addition via only a single system, making it a more cost-effective choice. Additionally, a ductless heat pump doesn’t require additional duct installation, as it is connected directly to its small outdoor unit via only a three-inch opening in your wall to accommodate cabling and a refrigerant line. The ductless system is mounted on a wall in your new addition and can be operated via manual or remote control for added convenience. Ductless systems are often the ideal solution to supplement your existing HVAC system in a new addition or renovated area of your home, providing single-room comfort only when you need it to help you save money on your energy bills.
Adding the right type of cooling and heating to your home during a renovation or addition will ensure you continue to enjoy cost-effective indoor comfort. Click through our website for additional information about heating and cooling products and professional installation throughout the Columbus area. Don’t forget to check out the other articles on our blog for helpful tips, inside information, and HVAC troubleshooting.