Looking to add some square footage to your home in the form of a home addition? Having some additional living space could be just what your home need to feel more comfortable. However, you'll need to plan how you will heat and cool the room or else it will feel uncomfortable. Here are some tips for handling the heading and cooling for an addition.
Why Not Extend The Existing HVAC?
There could be several problems with extending your homes HVAC system into an addition. For starters, there will be challenges getting ductwork to that room. Ductwork may be centrally located in your home, and extending ductwork to the rear of the home may not be practical.
Even if you are able to get ductwork to the addition, there is no guarantee that the heating and cooling will be effective. Without natural curves in the ductwork for it to feel like a natural extension of the system, airflow could be diminished and barely heat the room at all.
Thankfully, there are two great options for heating an addition.
One of the most comfortable ways to heat a room is with radiant heat. No matter what kind of system you use, either electric or hydraulic powered, the heat will rise up from the floor and make the bottom half of the room feels comfortable. It will ensure that the room feels warm where you are occupying the space, near the floor.
Electric Baseboard Heat
Electric baseboard heaters are small and often sit out of the way, rather than take up space in the room. The heat kicks on instantly, so you will feel it as soon as you turn the heater on instead of waiting for the system to warm up.
There are also two viable options to cool your room as well.
A ductless air conditioner sits high up on one of the walls where the unit is completely out of the way. It is designed to produce enough cool air to chill a single room, which is perfect for a home addition. The great thing about this system is that you can use it on demand, and do not have to cool down the room along with the rest of your home if you are not occupying it.
A heat pump also resides in the wall of your addition, and it works by pumping the heat out of the room. It can also work in reverse by pumping heat into the room during the winter, but may not be ideal for homes in cold climates that see temperatures below freezing.Share
16 December 2017
When I bought my first home, I was terribly inexperienced when it came to maintaining it. It seemed as if something was always broken. After spending a weekend battling with my oven, I decided that I enough was enough. I started reading everything I could about things related to the home. By the end of my research, I still could not fix my plumbing, but I could look knowledgeable as the plumber explained what was wrong. In an effort to help others avoid the tedious task of reading book after book about plumbing and appliance repairs, I started this blog. Hopefully, this information will save someone from a weekend spent wrestling with their own appliances.