A home addition, whether it’s a stand-alone building or an extension of the existing building, is an exciting but complicated project. Once you’ve made the decision and the type of space you want, it’s time to move onto the essentials.
Before you get too far into the design stage, talk to your HVAC contractor to see what your options are for heating and cooling the space. It might be possible to extend your current HVAC system to cool and heat the new space as long as it has adequate capacity. If it’s too small, it will struggle to heat and cool the rest of your home, as well as the addition.
If the system is too small, too old, or the building is detached from your home, consider using a ductless mini split heat pump. These are among the most energy efficient HVAC appliances available, cost-effective and easy to install. They provide air conditioning and heating, take little room indoors and out, run quietly and give design flexibility.
Another option is to upgrade your home’s HVAC system if the new space is attached to your home. An aging system doesn’t run as efficiently and lower energy costs will help offset the cost of replacing the system with a new one.
Selecting a Building Contractor
Even if you can do some of the work yourself, you’ll need a licensed contractor to oversee the home addition project. Look for one with an active general contractor’s license, insurance and bonding.
Plan Approval and Permits
You’ll need to submit your drawings to the city or jurisdiction in which you live to get a building permit. They’ll require drawings that include the HVAC, electrical and plumbing details, as well as door and window placements. Your contractor can help you find an architect to draw these plans for you, submit them and apply for a building permit.
Building a home addition is a collaborative project that your HVAC contractor can help you with. To learn more, contact Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, providing trusted services for Cleveland-area homeowners.
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