What can you do if your home is too small but you can't or don't want to move? The answer is easy: build an addition! Additions, typically built on the first floor off of an existing room or on a second or third story, are ideal for dramatically increasing your living space. However, there are other considerations you must make before celebrating your new-found space. Your HVAC unit, for instance, may not be ale to keep up. If you're trying to get AC in your new space, consider the following four options for home air conditioning installation.
Integrate into Existing System
If your existing HVAC system is new enough and large enough, you can simply extend your duct work to the new space. Unfortunately, most systems are purchased and installed to fit the existing space only. If you must deliver cool air to your new space via duct work, you may have to consider upgrading your system to compensate for the increased workload. The average cost to install new duct work averages a little over $1,000. If you have to upgrade your system, you will pay much more.
Install a Ductless Cooling System
If you don't want to mess with running new duct work or upgrade your existing unit, you can install a ductless cooling system. Built into a wall in your new addition, ductless units are operated by a designated thermostat on or near the unit, which means you can cool the space when it's in use and save some money when nobody is in there. A ductless air conditioning unit costs about $1,200 if you don't have to upgrade your electrical to accommodate it.
Install Window Units
Of course, you always have the option of installing window air conditioning units in your new space. These units are usually very economically priced. However, you must install them and remove them when the seasons change, which can get a bit annoying.
Have an Audit Performed
If you're only planning a small addition, your current system may be enough. To find out if you need new equipment or not, have a heating and cooling audit performed on your home. The auditor will inform you if your current system can handle the new addition.
As you can see, there are several ways you can cool down your new home addition. If you're not sure which way is the best way to go, start with the heating and cooling audit. Your trusted auditor will be able to shed some more light on your unique circumstances.Share
24 June 2017
After struggling for years, I finally scored my dream job and started to focus on redecorating my home. At first, I wasn't sure how much of an impact I was going to be able to make, but after sitting down and really focusing on the different areas of my house, it was clear to me that the main living spaces were where I needed to focus. I started working room by room to renovate the space, and it was absolutely amazing to see what we were able to accomplish. This blog is all about creating a gorgeous home--even if you are on a tight budget.