Expanding your home with a new addition can be both exciting. New space can mean a home office, craft room or a man cave. Or maybe it’s an additional bedroom for guests or a game room for your kids. When you’re adding to your house, you need to consider the best AC options for adding a new room. 

Extend your current HVAC system

Contact a local AC professional to see if your existing system will work for your new addition. They will do a Manual J load calculations to calculate the required size for your HVAC system. Manual J is a detailed analysis of your home’s central air conditioning needs. It is based on factors like your home’s square footage, ceiling height, the type of insulation and windows you have and the climate in which you live.

You don’t want an oversized HVAC system for your home or one that is too small to heat and cool your home. A properly-sized unit will work more efficiently to heat and cool your home, not running too little or too much. It will help your energy bill and make your home less susceptible to moisture issues. If your current HVAC system will work, the best AC option for adding a new room is to expand ductwork into the new addition. 

Install a larger HVAC system

When the HVAC professional does your Manual J load calculation, you may find that your current HVAC system is too small for the new addition. If so, then you will need to upgrade and install a larger HVAC system. You will also need add ductwork to accommodate the new addition.

Add a ductless split HVAC system

If you don’t want to install a larger HVAC system we had another AC option for adding a new room. Install a ductless split AC system. A basic ductless mini split system includes one outdoor unit and one indoor unit, connected by refrigerant tubing and electrical wiring. The indoor unit is often wall-mounted, and delivers heated or cooled air directly into the living space – no ductwork needed. This is called a single-zone system and it provides heating and cooling comfort to one specific area. If extending ductwsork for the addition is too costly, consider adding a ductless HVAC system specifically for the addition.

Leonard’s Air has been providing quality AC repair and installation for over 10 years. If you have questions about AC options for adding a new room or AC maintenance in Land O Lakes, contact us today at 813-428-6086.

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