When it comes time to build an addition to your home, there are a ton of decisions that must be made. You get to decide the layout for the room, what color you’ll paint the walls, and where everything will be placed.
A more practical choice to make, of course, is the addition’s HVAC needs. From whether upgrading your HVAC system is possible to an extension of your current system to installation of an independent setup are all options to consider.
Here’s a brief look into each HVAC option:
Extending Your Current System
The first choice you have is to extend the ductwork of your current HVAC system. If this is doable, it’s often the easiest route to take. You should only attempt an extension if your system is less than 10 years old and can handle the additional heating and cooling load of the addition. An HVAC contractor can help you figure out the total load calculation. It’s also recommended that you use a zoning system to keep energy costs low.
Upgrading to a New System
If your system is not the right size or age for your home with the addition, you can switch out your current HVAC system with a brand new one. While this option is more expensive upfront than others, upgrading your HVAC to a newer, more efficient system may result in larger savings in the years to come without compromising on comfort.
Installing an Independent System
Your third and final option is to opt for an independent system for the addition. This is the common choice when a home’s main trunk is too far away. With this option, you have two choices for installation – a traditional forced-air system or ductless mini-split.
For more expert advice on whether upgrading your HVAC is an option for your new addition or any other questions related to home comfort, please reach out to the friendly and knowledgeable professionals at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of San Diego since 2002.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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