2 HVAC Options When Putting An Addition On Your Home


One of the challenges you will face when putting an addition on your home is figuring out how to provide heating and air conditioning to this space. If you are adding several rooms in the addition, you will need to tie the HVAC system in with the new addition, but if you are only adding one room there are other options to choose from. Here are two good options that are cost-effective and that will solve this problem.

Window Unit and Fireplace

If you would like to use this room all year round, you will need both heat and air conditioning. One of the easiest ways to achieve this is by installing a window air conditioning unit and a fireplace.

Window AC units are nice because they provide enough cool air for an entire room, and you can turn them on and off as needed. They are also very affordable compared to other options. You may be able to find one for around $150. The disadvantages of window units include that they:

  • Take up window space – You will lose a window if you choose this option.
  • Can be noisy – A lot of window units are really loud when running, and this can be a nuisance to some people.
  • Do not have thermostats – While they are easy to turn on and off, the disadvantage is that most do not have thermostats, which means they are either running or shut off completely.

While a window unit will provide cool air during hot seasons, installing a fireplace will give you warmth during the fall and winter. The downside to a fireplace is that it can be messy, but this only applies if you choose a wood-burning fireplace. If you prefer, you could install a gas fireplace instead. These provide as much heat as wood-burning stoves, but there is no mess or smoke, and they are easy to turn on and off too.

A direct-vent gas fireplace may cost between $1,200 to $3,200 for the unit itself; however, you may have to spend a lot more on the mantle and other components it requires.

Ductless Heating and Cooling Unit

The other option you could choose is called a ductless heating and cooling unit. If you have ever stayed at a hotel, this is the type of unit you may have seen in your room. It is a small device that is installed in an exterior wall. It is often referred to as a mini-split because part of the unit is inside your house, but the compressor is located outside of your house. It contains controls for heating and cooling, and you can adjust them as needed. These systems operate:

  • With electricity – If you are trying to avoid using gas in your home, this option is perfect.
  • Quietly – You will barely notice that the unit is running because ductless systems are so quiet.
  • Without a window – While a window AC unit takes up window space, this type of unit is something you can place anywhere in a room.
  • For all seasons – You will not need two different devices if you choose this option because it provides heating and cooling.
  • With a thermostat – Another key difference is that a ductless system contains a thermostat. This will help you control the temperature easier, and you will not have to manually turn it on and off each day.

You always have the option of hiring a heating and air conditioning company to connect the addition to your existing HVAC system, but this may cost more than the options listed here. To learn more, contact a local HVAC company, like Redlands Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning.


10 February 2015

Exploring Contractor's Hand Tools

Welcome to my site, my name is Hugo Ciela. I'd like to talk to you about hand tools used by contractors of all kinds. Although air and power tools frequently make jobs easier, and sometimes even more enjoyable, hand tools have not lost their place in this industry. Many jobs cannot be completed without a hand tool or two due to their versatility and precision. Contractors of all types, ranging from roofers to foundation specialists, keep a plethora of hand tools in their worksite kit. I will discuss the types of hand tools you might see in those kits. I will also explore all of the different ways they can be used. Please stick around to learn more information about contractor's hand tools.