If you’re thinking of converting your garage, basement, or attic into livable space, or even if you’re thinking about adding a new addition to your home, HVAC is likely a concern. After all, space doesn’t become livable unless it’s comfortable. Here, you’ll find some things to consider when it comes to adding HVAC to conversions and additions.
Is Your System Large Enough to Handle the Load?
First things first, it’s important to think about the size of your HVAC system and whether it’s capable of handling the extra load of the additional square footage. If you’re adding a room that’s no larger than 500 square feet, and if your current HVAC unit is the proper size for your home, you shouldn’t have any significant problems. However, if your unit is already on the small side, or if you’re adding a significant sized room to your home, it’s best to contact a professional to decide if adding HVAC that is larger and more powerful is necessary.
Will You Need to Install Ducts?
Next, it’s important to decide whether you’ll need to install ductwork to connect your conversion or addition to your existing HVAC system. Although it’s typically quite costly to install ducts in homes that were built without them, adding them to new additions is much simpler and cost-effective. Make sure you decide whether to connect your addition to the HVAC system beforehand as this can save you lots of time and money.
Would You Be Better Off with Window Units and Space Heat?
If you’re converting an existing space, such as a garage or an attic, then it may be more cost-effective to consider a window unit and/or space heater than to completely replace your existing air conditioner and furnace. This is especially true if the space that needs climate control is relatively small. On the other hand, if you’ll need to heat or cool a very large area, such as a full basement that you are finishing and converting to livable space, window units and space heat may not be good alternatives. Your local professionals can provide solid advice regarding adding HVAC to spaces of different types and sizes.
Is the Ventilation Adequate?
While heating and cooling may be optional, ventilation is necessary for your safety and health. For example, if you’re converting an old wine or root cellar into a storm shelter, adequate ventilation is vital to your safety and survival in the event of a disaster. It’s important to contact your local professionals even if you aren’t adding HVAC to spaces like these; ensuring that you can breathe comfortably and that there’s an adequate supply of oxygen coming into the space may save your life.
Adding HVAC to a garage, new addition, or converted space can be challenging, but it’s not at all impossible. Deciding what to do and how to handle it may be a daunting task, but your local HVAC professionals understand building codes and can help you make the right choices to fit your budget.