We all love our home, and sometimes, this love entails adding a completely new addition so we can love it a little bit more – whether it be a patio, guest room or a new rec room for you and your friends to watch the playoffs.
If the room is located on a warmer side of the house, you wouldn’t think twice of having to heat it, but it is easy to overlook the fact that it will probably need to be cooled. Now, if you haven’t installed some form of air conditioning, you’re in luck because you can go ahead and install one for your entire house, including the new room.
However, if you have a pre-existing central air conditioning system, extending that system can become a real chore. Additional ductwork can lower your ceiling with a bulky duct system, which is not only not aesthetically pleasing but a completely unpleasant experience. When you install new ductwork, you have to work around the current system and conditions, and the materials used might not be accessible for additions.
If you decide to go down this road, you’ll need to not only locate and get into your current ductwork, but somehow access it in such a way as to extend it. Then, you’ll have to find a way to make sure both cool and hot air (if your furnace is incorporated into the duct system) does not pass by the new passage. A fan or boaster might need to be installed to force air flow through the new passage, and you’ll have to check to make sure your current heating and cooling systems have the necessary power to cool or heat your home’s addition.
If your addition is something more of a guest house or indoor garden shelter, expanding your current system is virtually impossible. Unless you have the expenditures for a second air conditioning unit, another method that may work best for you – in terms of energy and cost efficiency – is known as a ductless mini split.
A ductless mini split is made up of an outdoor unit, and usually one – but sometimes multiple indoor units. The indoor unit is placed high up in the room and is remote controlled. What’s wonderful about them is if you have multiple units in separate rooms, you don’t have to adjust one unit for multiple room comfort – rather you can adjust a single unit for that specific room. To put it simply: you can have comfort the way you want it. Some models even work backwards, so to speak, allowing a room to be heated on an otherwise cool night.