When you buy or build a new house, you plan it down to the last detail. In the beginning, you are happy, but as the years pass by, your needs will grow or change. It may call for some alterations or upgrades in the house. You may add a new room or enlarge an existing one. Often, when one makes such upgrades, they do not add new ductwork because it increases the scope of work and adds to the overall expense. So does this mean that now they have to forgo living in comfort in the upgraded portion of the house? Not at all.
Over the years, the HVAC industry has evolved so much in technology that there is something for everyone and every space. Today, we draw your attention to how to heat and cool new additions in your home where there is no ductwork.
When there is no ductwork in the upgraded part of your residence, you have two options to choose from:
1. Window AC – Window air conditioners come in various sizes. These are the most sensible investments if the area that you wish to heat and cool is a small area like a single room. The only provision you need to ensure is that there should be a large enough window opening outdoors where the AC can be installed. Typically, the window AC is a single unit that provides cooling indoors and ejects the heat outdoors. Due to this reason, the front portion of the AC from which the treated air enters a room is indoors, while the backside that releases heat just outside the window.
Advantages Of Window AC – These are some advantages of window AC:
1. Compared to the other types of heating and cooling systems, these are relatively cheap.
2. They are easy to install and hence, don’t cost much in regards to the installation cost.
3. They can perfectly meet the heating and cooling requirements of a small to mid-sized room.
4. They do not take up any floor space in your room.
Disadvantages Of Window AC – Some disadvantages of window AC are:
1. If there is no window in the new room, you may have to make a big enough hole in the independent wall to install the AC.
2. It produces a bit more noise than the other heating and cooling systems because all its components are within a single unit. Also, the noise appears to be high because the unit is in the same room as you are.
3. They may block the only window in the room and thereby close off any sources of fresh air for ventilation.
2. Mini-Split Systems – Mini-split systems are another heating and cooling system that does not require any ductwork. These systems consist of two units. One is the outdoor compressor unit, and the other is the indoor air handler unit. The two are connected via tubing passing through the wall. The unique thing about mini-split systems is that one compressor can handle multiple air handlers. So whenever you add a room, you just install a new air handler and move along. Efficiency wise also the mini-split system will not disappoint you.
Advantages Of Mini Split Systems – The core advantages of investing in a mini-split system are:
1. The air handler is an inconspicuous addition up on the wall and does not look like an eyesore.
2. Owning a mini-split system will set the course for future upgrades. All you will need is an air handler.
3. It gives the users the flexibility to maintain different temperatures in different rooms. Hence, everybody gets to live the way they want.
4. It can make for high energy savings. One just needs to switch off the air handler in the rooms, not in use, and there will be no wastage of electricity.
5. It will not block any windows, so you can still open them from time to time to let in the fresh air.
Disadvantages Of Mini Split Systems – Sadly, mini-split systems have their own set of disadvantages. These include:
1. In comparison to the window AC, these units are a little expensive.
2. A single air handler will not cool big homes. You will require individual air handlers for each room.
3. The outdoor unit will require sufficient outdoor space which is free of obstructions for installation. If you lack such space, this system may not be for you.
4. Depending on how tricky the installation of the outdoor unit is and the number of air handlers you are planning to get installed, the cost of installation may become more than what you perceived.
Choosing The Right Heating And Cooling Option For Your New Addition
To figure out whether the window AC is your answer or a mini-split system may seem daunting. But the choice is quite easy if you consider the following:
1. The Budget – The first thing to look at is your budget. If it is less, a window AC is what will serve you fine. If you can go a little more beyond what you had initially thought, you can opt for a mini-split system.
2. Space Requirement – If there is no window in the newly added part of the house, your best solution is a mini-split system. However, if there is no outdoor space to install the compressor unit, you will have to buy a window AC.
3. Energy Efficiency – While window ACs are good, mini-split systems are more energy-efficient. They suit the needs of a contemporary home.
Installing ductwork is no longer necessary when you make any addition to your residence. Window ACs and mini-split systems are two types of heat and cooling systems that can make indoors comfortable without demanding new ductwork. Based on the above discussion, one can choose whichever fits their home and needs the best.
Aztil Air Conditioning is a premier HVAC contractor serving South Florida since 1981. We are a team of trained, certified, and experienced technicians who are dedicated to ensuring the well-being and long life of your heating and cooling system. Be it a residential unit or a commercial one; our technicians can work their magic on all. If there is a problem with your HVAC unit or you wish to get a new one installed, call us anytime. We even carry out preventive maintenance along with air duct cleaning and providing indoor air quality solutions. To book an appointment, call us at +1-888-729-8452; we are open 24/7.