Ductless Systems for Home Additions

Ductless Systems for Home Additions | C.R. WolfeWhen you’re planning a home addition, a key consideration is how to heat and cool the new space. One option worth considering is installing a mini-split or ductless system.

How Ductless Systems Work

Mini-split heat pumps and air conditioners don’t use ductwork to distribute conditioned air. Like a traditional central split-system, they have an outdoor compressor/condenser unit, but the indoor unit is a combined evaporator/blower that’s typically wall-mounted in the room it serves. The two units are connected by a conduit containing wiring and refrigerant lines that’s run through a small-diameter opening in the wall. For multiple-room additions, there are systems available with one outdoor unit that serves up to four indoor units.

Reasons to Choose a Ductless Mini-Split

There are a number of reasons why installing a ductless system may be the best choice for your addition:

  • Overall cost savings — Even with the upfront cost of a mini split, it can still save you money compared to expanding your existing HVAC system. You won’t have the expense of redesigning ductwork, or the materials and labor to install it. You also won’t have the expense of upgrading your current equipment if it’s not big enough to heat and cool the extra square footage.
  • Better efficiency — Ductwork is notoriously inefficient and can lose up to 30 percent of a central system’s conditioned air output. These losses are eliminated with a mini split, so it’s much more efficient.
  • Ease of installation — Depending on the configuration of your current HVAC system, extending the ductwork can be difficult or even impossible. With a ductless system, you won’t have those concerns since all that’s needed is a route for the flexible conduit line through an exterior wall.
  • Built-in zoning — A mini split is completely separate from the HVAC system that serves the older part of your home, so you’ll have an independent heating and cooling zone and greater control of comfort and energy consumption in the new addition.

For advice about whether a ductless system is the best choice for an addition to your Middletown home, contact us at C.R. Wolfe Heating & Air Conditioning.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about ductless systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 845-367-4482.

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