Taking the time to consider the options for cooling your new home addition early in the design process will pay you back in greater comfort and reasonable energy bills. Since the cooling season in this area is long and intense, it makes sense to explore your choices early with your trusted HVAC contractor to make the most informed decision for your project.
Extending Your System
If your current HVAC system is less than 10 years old and runs efficiently, you may be able to extend the ductwork to cool the new addition, which is the simplest and most affordable option available. Your HVAC pro will perform a load calculation to verify that your existing equipment will have enough cooling capacity. He can also show you how to improve the energy efficiency of the addition and upgrade the attic insulation and seal air leaks throughout your home, which may allow you to use your current system.
Installing a New HVAC System
When you’re constructing the new addition, it might make sense to replace your existing HVAC equipment with a new system if the old one is 15 years or older, or needs frequent repairs. Although installing an entirely new cooling system adds to the construction costs, you’ll likely recoup the investment in lower conditioning bills.
Using an Independent System
A ductless mini split is a highly efficient appliance for cooling your new home addition. Besides state-of-the-art internal components, mini splits don’t use any ductwork, which enhances their energy efficiency even more and frees up space that would otherwise be used for ducts. Mini splits are easy to install, expandable and offer design versatility. Should you choose a mini split that’s also a heat pump, you’ll also be able to warm the space during the winter.
For more information on cooling your new home addition, contact Davis Air Conditioning & Heating, or call us today at 888-710-5530 from the greater Houston area or 888-929-0049 from Brazoria County.
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