When you decide to build an addition onto your home, you suddenly find yourself with a whole wealth of opportunities and responsibilities. One of the responsibilities that you must take into consideration is how you will adequately heat and cool this new area. Upgrading your HVAC system may sound tricky, so here are the three choices you’ll typically have:
Extend Your Existing System
The optimal choice for many homeowners is to use the same HVAC system that they’ve been using all along but with an extension of their existing ductwork. This often works if the addition isn’t too large but you also need to take the limits of your current system into account. If your equipment is more than 10 years old or simply can’t handle the additional load needed to heat and cool the new area, this isn’t the best option.
Upgrade to a New System
Upgrading to a brand new HVAC system is the most expensive option to account for your home addition. In many cases of building a home addition, however, you won’t be able to use your existing system, making this your best option. The good news is that the benefits of upgrading to a new system can make this worthwhile. Newer models are more energy efficient than older ones and will last many years, especially with annual check-ups by a certified HVAC technician.
Install an Independent System
Your final option is the installation of an independent system for use in the new home addition. This is commonly the choice to be made when the addition is too far away from the main trunk of your current duct system. For this, you can either install a forced-air or ductless mini-split, depending on which would be better for your individual needs. If you’re not exactly sure, a professional technician can help you make the decision.
For more expert advice when upgrading your HVAC system or if you have any other home comfort concerns, please contact the friendly professionals at Cool Power. We currently serve the heating and cooling needs of Long Island.
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