When you build a new home addition, you’ll have several choices for cooling and heating the additional space. Quiet, efficient ductless systems, made up of a type of heat pump also known as a mini-split, may be a better choice than extending an existing HVAC system or adding a new central system with ductwork.
Considering Adding Ductwork?
If you have a central heating and cooling system with ductwork, you may have considered extending ducts to the new space to connect it to the HVAC system. Unfortunately, your HVAC system was sized for a particular heating and cooling load. Adding to that load will make the system run inefficiently and may even cause it to break down.
Installing a separate system is most likely the best option. If you add another central system, you will have to run ductwork, which can be expensive and, depending on the space you have to work with, may be complicated. A ductless system by contrast offers ease of installation.
Ductless Mini Splits
Ductless systems, known for efficient, quiet operation, are also compact and versatile. They consist of an outdoor compressor and condenser connected to an indoor air handler by a flexible conduit that contains the refrigerant lines and wiring. The conduit requires no more than a 3-inch hole in the wall for installation. The compressor and condenser may be located as much as 50 feet from the indoor evaporator, while the indoor unit can be mounted from the ceiling, on the floor, and in almost any position on the wall. You can run up to four air handlers on some systems.
Just like a heat pump, the mini-split pumps refrigerant, moving heat out of the home for cooling. In the winter months, it absorbs heat from the outdoor air, sending it into the home for heating.
Learn more about ductless systems, as well as Maxx A/C and Heating’s air conditioning services, or call 281-409-3890 today for more information.
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