When you add an extra room to your home, you must face the task of bringing conditioned air to that space. There are several different ways to do this, so let’s break down your air conditioning options and discuss which one is the best choice for you.
Wall or Window Units
Installing a wall or window unit is the most cost-effective way to bring air conditioning to an add-on, but they aren’t made to cool large spaces and are not the most aesthetically pleasing choice. Window units take up window space, and wall units are more expensive and complicated to install. While they may be a viable option, they aren’t the best choice for cooling an add-on.
Adding on to the Current HVAC System
As long as your current HVAC system can handle the extra space, cooling an add-on is as easy as adding ductwork to your HVAC system. This option keeps the AC out of sight, but installation can be more expensive and more invasive. Additionally, your HVAC system might not be equipped to cool such a large space because ACs are sized specifically for your home’s square footage (among other factors).
Your final option for cooling an add-on is installing a ductless mini-split system, which is expensive but well worth the investment. These units work like a traditional HVAC system, with an indoor and outdoor unit. Installation only requires drilling a small hole in an exterior wall, and the system (true to its name) doesn’t use any air ducts.
Why is Ductless the Best Choice?
Out of the three options above, ductless mini-split air conditioners are the best way to cool a home addition. Not only do they work well for garages, any room addition and separate buildings, but they also have many positive characteristics. These include:
- Sleek, attractive aesthetic
- Cheaper and simpler than central air conditioning
- More placement options than wall/window units
Ductless air conditioners possess the best characteristics of both window/wall units and central AC, making them the perfect choice for home add-ons. Although they can be an investment, installing an AC that meets all of your requirements is worth the cost.
If you’re ready to invest in a ductless AC and bring cool air to your home addition, call Lee’s Air and Plumbing today.