Home Improvement: Heating and Cooling Options for Two Story Additions

A two-story addition is an excellent way to increase the size of your home, but it is a big job that may require numerous structural modifications. As well as all the work that goes into making the addition, one thing that you will need to consider is the heating and cooling system. The size of your property may be doubled by the addition, and your current HVAC system may not be able to heat and cool the whole property effectively.

So what are your options?

Three Main Options

When you go ahead with your two-story addition, you will have three main options when it comes to deciding what to do with your HVAC system. The first option is to extend your existing system; the second is to upgrade your system; and the third option is to buy an extra stand-alone system for the new area.

So which of these three is right for you?

Extend Your System

This is often the most convenient option when it is a possibility for your home. However, there are a number of factors you will need to consider. The main consideration is the capacity of the system and whether it can realistically heat and cool the extra space in your home. In addition to this, you should take account of the age of the system. If it is more than 10 years old, it may be a good time to replace it anyway. But if it is less then 10 years old, you may want to consider extending it.

Upgrade Your System

If your current system does not have the capacity to heat and cool the extra space, you may want to invest in a new system. If so, speak to a specialist heating and cooling technician in your area to find out what they recommend.

A new system may be a more expensive option than extending your current system, but you may find that you are able to invest in a more energy-efficient model like an ENERGY STAR product. If so, you may even be able to reduce your energy bills once the system has been installed, even though you are heating and cooling a larger space.

More efficient systems tend to be more expensive, but if you work out how much you will be paying for your bills in advance, you can get a better idea of whether it is a good investment. You can find some more energy-saving tips for your heating and air conditioning at the SBA website.

Get a Stand-Alone System

If neither of these options is suitable, you may want to get a separate system for your new space. It may be that your new space is located on the other side of the property from the duct system, in which case it could be a better option to install an additional system. This could consist of buying a ductless system that you can mount to the wall, which you can simply use when needed.

Consider All Your Options when Extending Your Home

When you get a two-story addition, make sure you carefully consider all of your heating and cooling options. The above are three of the key options you can consider, so go over them and decide which is right for you. And if you have any doubts, always speak with a specialist heating and cooling technician to get their advice to help you make your decision for great home improvement.

Andrew Barnes works as an HVAC installer. He enjoys writing about his experiences on the web. His posts can be found mainly on DIY and home renovation blog sites.

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