How to Heat & Cool a New Addition
Adding a room to your home is an exciting time, not to mention an ambitious project. One key to successful completion is careful planning, a process that should include not just all budget-related factors, but what purpose the addition will serve, will it add to your resale value or is your house already at the high end of the price range for your neighborhood, and so on.
You also want and need an upfront determination on how you’re going to heat and cool the new space. Can your existing system(s) handle the extra square footage, do you need a separate heating and cooling solution for the new space, or should you replace your existing heating and cooling systems for one that can cover your newly expanded home?
Ductless Air System
While it’s possible to extend your current heating and cooling system to the addition, it probably will prove to be more cost effective to purchase and install a separate system. Extending your existing ductwork, for example, may put too much of a strain on your budget or might not even be possible, especially if the addition is going to have a cathedral ceiling. On the flip side, a ductless air system (also known as a mini-split or a ductless heat pump) might be exactly the right solution as it provides both warm and cool conditioned air and doesn’t require any ductwork.
Baseboard heaters are an affordable, flexible option and they’re great for hard-to-heat rooms, such as basements or garage apartments. They’re easy to install and can even help lower your utility costs. Some people question their aesthetic appeal, but it’s not like they’ll be the focal point of the room, regardless of what you use it for.
Building a new addition is a perfect opportunity to install in-floor radiant heating. It’s a highly efficient way to heat any space as rising radiant heat warms up people, not objects, which means there’s less waste.
Window Air Conditioners
These are probably not your first choice for cooling your new addition, but they are a low-cost option and can be a year-round solution as some units offer separate heating and cooling functions.
Not an easy decision, is it? Especially until you know what the associated costs are. For all the help you need in determining the best heating and cooling solution for your new room, contact Correct Temp today. We’ll give you multiple options to consider and help you choose the one that makes the most sense for your home and budget.