One of the important decisions you face when adding a room or outbuilding to your Northeast Ohio property involves how to keep the area comfortable year round. Running additional ductwork from your existing home comfort system can be expensive, time-consuming and inconvenient. You may not even get the performance you'd like by extending your main home system, since its capacity may be inadequate to deal with the extra square footage. Consider a ductless mini-split to save time and money with the system dedicated to the new area of the house.
Let's look at the advantages of a mini-split in detail:
Versatility - Ductless systems are generally designed to cool/heat areas and additions of 1,200 square feet or less. That's one reason they work well in single, remote rooms and additions. If you've got multiple rooms with doors, keep doors open so that the conditioned air reaches all the rooms. Or opt to purchase a ductless mini-split system with multiple indoor air handlers, since several can be attached to just one outdoor unit.
Space - The small size means your mini-split may be installed high on a wall or in another convenient or out-of-sight area of the room if necessary. Older houses may not have enough ceiling height, for example, to fit added ductwork. A compact ductless mini-split heating and cooling system will be ideal.
Efficiency - An extended central A/C system may lead to higher monthly operating costs, especially if your system needs to be set too-low-for-comfort in your main living area in order to keep your home addition cool. Extending ducts leaves you open to major heat loss as conditioned air travels though. A mini-split avoids this problem.
Price - Equipment pricing for central air conditioners and larger ductless mini-splits may be similar, but the cost of installation, labor and materials to extend your central unit's duct system may be prohibitive. Considering equipment and installation together, the mini-split is often the best choice.
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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