Ductless on Every Job: Sunrooms and Additions

Last month, we announced the launch of our Ductless on Every Job campaign, which encourages contractors to consider ductless as a solution on every call. On the blog, we’re running biweekly posts that focus on specific installations or situations where contractors can offer ductless as a home comfort solution. This week, we’re focusing on sunrooms and home additions.

October 31_Ductless on Every Job_Sunrooms and Additions_Image 2According to remodeling magazine’s 2013 Cost vs. Value Report, the national average cost of a sunroom addition is $72,179. A family room addition can set you back an average of $79,006. And how about a full master suite addition? The average cost is $101,873 for a midrange project and as high as $220,086 for an upscale master suite.

Even after the homeowner spends their money on a new addition, one area that might have been overlooked is the HVAC system. New rooms are often added on to the existing home without addressing the HVAC system, which means that the system must heat and cool more space than for what it was designed. When the load is too large for the HVAC system, there can be hot and cold spots throughout the home. Ductless systems are a great solution for homeowners facing this issue. They can cool and heat the addition while reducing the load on the existing HVAC system in the rest of the home. An added plus: ductless systems allow the new space to be heated and cooled to meet the residents’ needs.

October 31_Ductless on Every Job_Sunrooms and Additions_Image 1Additions like sunrooms that are detached from the home and have an abundance of natural light need to be cooled and heated differently from the rest of the house. Add-on bonus rooms and offices are often used less frequently than other areas of the home and likely won’t need to be conditioned as intensely. What’s more, a ductless system makes the remodeling process much easier because you won’t need to configure the existing HVAC system (and its ductwork) to fit the new space.

From the outside to the inside, only a 3-inch opening is required for two refrigerant lines and control/power wiring. It’s ideal from homes with plaster walls or brick facades that were constructed before air conditioning was common.

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