Adding new living space to a home makes sense for many reasons, such as making room for a growing family or adding a home office or workshop. When it comes to cooling a home addition, there are some different air conditioner options to take into consideration.
Cooling a Home Addition
To determine the best way to cool your home addition, you’ll need a load calculation of your home using Manual J. You’ll also need to know your A/C’s capacity. While your HVAC technician is there, let him determine the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating of your A/C, too. Insulation and air sealing should be checked to ensure your cooling solution is installed in a tight and efficient home. Then, consider your cooling options:
- Extend air ducts and use your current cooling system – Extending air ducts into the addition may seem like the obvious solution. This is one decision when you need the specifications from a load calculation and your air conditioner’s capacity. If your A/C is in good condition and can handle the extra cooling load, extending ducts is a practical solution.
- Add an independent ductless system – Ductless mini splits are designed for cooling and heating specific rooms and smaller areas. The sleek air handlers deliver point-of-use cooling and heating. Installation doesn’t require much and can usually be completed in one day. If you install a ductless heat pump, the system can heat the addition as well.
- Upgrade the current system – A home addition or remodel project is a good time to consider upgrading your HVAC system. If your A/C is 10 years old or more, replacing it with a new higher-efficiency model is a strong option for cooling the new home addition.
For more information about cooling a home addition in the Coastal Bend area, please contact CCAC today.
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