Constructing a two-story addition for your Greater Cleveland home can be an exciting prospect. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t take the heating and cooling needs of the addition into consideration until it’s too late. If you want to properly plan the two-story addition, you’ll want to know your choices.
Three possible options
For a two-story addition, there are three routes you can take in regards to heating and cooling the new area:
- Upgrading to a new HVAC system – Your current HVAC system may be ill-equipped to handle the heating and cooling needs of the new area. If this is the case, you’ll have the opportunity to switch out your entire system with a new one. Although costly, this can be the chance you’ve been waiting for to upgrade to a more energy-efficient system, one that will save you money every time you open your gas and electric bills.
- Extending your current HVAC system — As long as your current HVAC system can handle the heating and cooling requirements of the two-story addition, and isn’t too old (less than 10 years is recommended), you can simply extend the setup you already have. To make sure you do it right, take the time to insulate and seal all of your ductwork, both new and old.
- Installing a dedicated HVAC system – This third option, the installation of an independent system for the addition, may be ideal if the addition is too far from the primary trunk of your ductwork. Even better, you can choose a different type of system, such as a ductless mini-split heat pump, hydronic or high-velocity system.
So how do you choose which system is right for your specific situation? The best way to decide is to hire an HVAC professional to conduct an energy evaluation of your home. Once the evaluation is complete, this expert will provide you with your best option (or options).
For more expert advice about the heating and cooling needs of a two-story addition, or for any questions relating to home comfort, please contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We have been serving the Greater Cleveland area for more than 77 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Western Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about two-story additions and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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