06 Apr Need a Denver HVAC for Home Additions? Install a Split-Type System
Home additions offer a different challenge in cooling and heating. By adding more space, you also add the area your Denver HVAC system has to cover for optimal cooling and heating. This often requires a major overhaul of the existing system to add more power for less energy, most likely extending the ductwork, which doesn’t come cheap.
However, Oliver Marks for HGTV says there’s another, less costly way: split HVAC systems.
Split HVAC systems consist of two parts: a blower unit placed inside the house and a condenser unit placed outside. Although both parts are still connected by in-wall piping, they’re not as big as full-fledged ductwork in forced air systems. On top of that, they operate independently from your central HVAC, allowing the home addition to be heated or cooled on its own.
You can probably achieve this with window-type systems, but split-type ones only require little penetration. Keep in mind that gaps between the unit and wall can leak precious cool or warm air, defeating the purpose of reducing energy consumption. With window-type units, you need to make a sizeable hole to mount them.
If your home addition is a new bedroom or living room, split HVAC systems will make sure you get restful nights. As the bulk of the air conditioner’s functions occur in the outdoor condenser unit, the system won’t make much noise inside the room. With proper maintenance performed by Denver HVAC contractors like Total Plumbing, even the outdoor unit can operate quietly.
Aesthetics won’t be a problem for split HVAC systems. Without impeding the airflow, condenser units can be shrouded in plants or props cleverly to help stay out of plain sight. Window-type systems, on the other hand, stick out because they’re not installed at ground level. Even if the room to be cooled or heated is on the second floor, the condenser can still stay on the ground.
Installing split HVAC systems, however, should be done by professional HVAC contractors due to the intricate work involved. Similarly, repairing and maintaining the system should be left to professionals as well. Only proper repair and maintenance can make a split HVAC system worth every penny.
“Consider a Split HVAC System,” HGTV
“Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioners,” Department of Energy, August 9, 2012)