After a year of spending an enormous amount of time at home, you might be thinking, “We could use a little more space.”
Whether it’s a growing family, older parents moving in, or you need space for a home office, there is a wide range of reasons why people explore looking for more space for their home. With the housing market at all-time competitive levels, you may need to look at other options to create more space.
Home additions could be a great way to keep your existing home and still find additional room for whatever your needs may be. With the right planning, extending your HVAC system into your addition can be a smooth process to begin enjoying your new space.
Benefits of a home addition
There are so many benefits that can come from a home addition. Creating space for more family members, a playroom for the kids, a nursery for a new baby, and additional rooms for a home office or art/craft room are all great reasons to consider making this type of investment.
However, there are additional benefits to adding on to your existing home. Renting your additional space on home rental platforms like Airbnb or on a long-term basis is a great way to earn passive income. Home additions can also add value and luxury to your home. This is especially true if your home addition includes a bathroom or kitchen remodel.
Extending your HVAC system to these new areas of your home can be a simple process and also provide opportunities to explore the latest in heating and cooling technology to increase the value of your home even more.
Different types of additions need different heating and cooling methods
Especially with hot weather on the way for the summer, you need to know your HVAC will be working in your new home addition to keep the space cool and remove moisture from the air. The last thing you’ll want is for your new addition to be uncomfortable or have a mold problem.
Different types of additions need different types of HVAC systems, and it’s important to know what you’ll need. If you’re adding a small, garage-like room as a workspace, a window unit may be all you need if you’re willing to brave some chilly winters. For maximum comfort, however, match your home addition with the proper HVAC system. For example, if the current system has enough capacity to heat and cool your home addition, it’s as easy as adding ductwork to service the new rooms. A contractor can do a calculation based on several factors like cubic living space and location of windows to determine whether your existing equipment can handle the additional load of your new living space.
You also might consider innovations like ductless mini-split systems, which are growing in popularity. They do cost more initially, but the indoor units are more attractive and less conspicuous than other heating and cooling options. Ductless systems are also more energy-efficient than window units, through-the-wall units, and central A/C systems, and they provide heat as well.
There are more options to consider, and all have pros and cons depending on the new space you have. It’s important to take some time to choose a system that’s right for your new addition and fits your budget.
If the addition is a sunroom
Everyone loves a sunroom. A space to kick back and let the sun unfold over you while you read your favorite books or spend time with your friends and family is a dream space for so many people.
What makes this space unique, however, is also what makes it a challenge for heating and cooling. Sunlight pouring in through large windows can be great during the chilly winter months but can feel like an oven during the late summer. It’s also more difficult to insulate a room with so many windows, making it harder to heat when it’s cold outside.
When deciding how to heat and cool your sunroom, it’s important to establish how often the space will be used. If it is a space that you plan to use only occasionally, you might consider something that you can simply turn on as needed, like a gas or electric fireplace or space heater.
However, while there are several options for heating and cooling a sunroom, the best and most consistent option is to either expand your existing HVAC system if you can or install a ductless mini-split system. This way, you’re able to enjoy your new room comfortably and rest easy that you’re able to protect this space from humidity build-up.
HVAC Company in Knoxville, TN
No matter what your specific project entails, home additions are an exciting and cost-effective way to increase your living space and provide a wide range of versatile options for your home. Deciding on the best options for heating and cooling your new space is critical for getting the most from your investment. At City Heating and Air Conditioning, our team of experienced technicians can provide the insight and direction you need to make the best decision for your home.
For all your heating and cooling needs, our annual service plans will keep your HVAC system running at peak performance no matter the season. Whether your heating and cooling system needs routine maintenance or you’re ready for a new HVAC installation, City Heating and Air Conditioning has everything you need to keep your home comfortable all year round.
We’re proud to provide Knoxville, TN, and the surrounding communities with exemplary heating and cooling services and have worked hard to build a reputation of outstanding customer service and satisfaction. Our HVAC company offers HVAC maintenance, installation, and repairs for a variety of HVAC systems. Learn more about our HVAC services by calling us today at 865-938-1005.