Should You Get a New HVAC System for a Home Addition? 

Whether you’re building a second family room, a guest suite or expanding the kitchen, having extra square footage in your residence is sure to be convenient. Just remember to think about the heating and cooling requirements of the new area. One of those factors should involve whether you should upgrade your HVAC system for a home addition in Winnipeg. Our instructions will help you as you begin the process.

Option 1: No Upgrade Needed

If the home addition involves growing an area as opposed to putting on totally new rooms, you may not need to upgrade the HVAC system at all. This is often the case if your heating and cooling system was oversized to begin with. Schedule a load calculation from a pro technician, for example one from Winnipeg Supply Service Experts by calling 204-800-0613. This will figure out if your current HVAC system can handle the modifications you’ve made to your home.

Option 2: Replace Your HVAC System

Another idea for delivering heat and air conditioning into your home addition is to add on to the ductwork from your current forced-air unit. If you use radiators or baseboard heating, you can extend hot water piping to the new room.

Be mindful that, adding ductwork or water piping, you may also have to install HVAC equipment to handle the increased load. The subsequent increase in electricity usage may even need an enhanced electrical panel. If your heating and cooling system is due for a replacement soon, this might be a good option.

Option 3: Add a Ductless Mini-Split

In place of installing a new equipment to cover the extra area, you can install a stand-alone one. Ductless mini-splits are perfect for this. They use two parts. There’s a condensing unit that is installed on the ground outside, similar to an air conditioner. Then there’s the space-saving indoor blower that is placed against the ceiling or wall.

Akin to a central heat pump, mini-split HVAC systems provide both heating and cooling for constant comfort from a single system.

Since it links with a wall- or ceiling-mounted air handler, no ductwork is required. You can even join up to four indoor units with one outdoor unit for zoned heating and cooling in different areas in your house. A ductless mini-split might be the ideal HVAC system for your home addition if:

    • Your present system can’t handle the added room, and you’re not able to replace every part right away.
    • The old and new rooms have differing heating and cooling needs.
    • You would like to add air conditioning to your house without putting in or adding on to the ductwork.

If you need help determining which HVAC option is ideal, let Winnipeg Supply Service Experts give our suggestions. We have a lot of experience helping homeowners dial in their indoor comfort, with a dedication to efficiency and eco-friendly HVAC solutions.

We’ll start the process by conducting a load calculation to figure out your needs. Then, we can offer cost comparisons for ductwork installation and system upgrades vs. putting in a ductless mini-split HVAC system. We’ll offer you all the options so you can make an informed decision. To start, call at 204-800-0613 to schedule an appointment now!

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