Including your HVAC contractor in the planning stages of your home renovations so that you can remain comfortable in your newly developed space. When you’re finished, you’ll have a fully functional and efficient way to keep the new or remodeled space comfortable with minimal effort.
Your home renovation may have different implications for your HVAC options, such as:
- Extending your current system. You may be able to use your existing HVAC system to condition the new or remodeled space. Your HVAC contractor will perform a sizing calculation to determine whether it will be able to handle the new space.
- Introducing a zoning system. If the sizing calculation shows that your current system is too small, you may be able to use it by zoning your home. A zoning system divides your home into separate areas that are heated and cooled separately from the others using mechanical dampers. In addition to being able to use your existing system, your home will be more comfortable, and your cooling bills may be lower.
- Taking over the current system. If your current system is too small or has reached the end of its useful life, you may need to replace it entirely. If you meet the lender’s criteria, you may be able to roll the cost into the financing for home renovations or generate an energy-efficient loan.
- Installing a ductless mini split heat pump. These amazing HVAC units provide heating and cooling without the use of ductwork to deliver the conditioned air. They are perfect for home additions or retrofits. They are highly efficient and relatively simple to install. Each mini split has its own thermostat, so you can simply turn the system off or adjust the temperature when you’re not using the new space.