Hello. My name is Max. My wife and I have five children who all live at with us in our large two-story house. My wife and two of our kids suffer from severe allergies which means keeping our home as dust-free as possible. I have learned that it’s crucial to keep our heating and air conditioning units properly maintained at all times. We have a fantastic HVAC company that comes out two times a year to perform routine maintenance on our system. They have taught me what I can do on a monthly basis in order to not only help with my family’s health but also keep our system running efficiently. I would like to share some of the tips I’ve been given. I hope you find this to be useful!
Have you recently added or started to think about adding a new room to your home? Maybe you're converting a garage, attic, or basement to livable space, enclosing a patio to make a sun room, or adding an entirely new room? If so, you need to fully understand the options for air conditioning this new space if you want to be able to fully enjoy it.
Going Without Air Conditioning
The first option is to make no changes to your home air conditioning system at all. Perhaps you're planning on a part time use for the room like a sunroom, workshop, or playroom where you wouldn't expect to need full cooling or heating like a bedroom.
The main disadvantage is that this means you won't be able to use that room on the hottest and coldest days of the year, and this is especially bad if your local climate has long heat waves or freezing spells. If you try to solve the problem by leaving the room's door open, the room probably won't get enough air, and your main air conditioning system will be taxed almost as much as if a door to the outside was open.
The other disadvantage is that if you'll need to install a separate dehumidifier to clear humidity from the room and prevent damage to your furniture.
Adding a Vent Connected to Your Existing Air Conditioning System
Another option is to add a new duct line and vent that connects to your existing ductwork. The problem here is that most air conditioners are sized to be just right.
When you add a vent, you increase the space the air conditioner needs to heat and cool. It might not be able to fully cool or heat your entire house, or its running time could be extended so much that your energy bills skyrocket.
If your existing air conditioner was properly installed, you probably won't want to expand your system unless it's time to replace your air conditioner.
Install a Small Air Conditioner
Your best option is to install a window, wall-mounted, or ductless air conditioner in your new room. That way, you can turn on the air conditioning in the new room only when you need to, and you won't risk negatively impacting your home's main air conditioning system and energy efficiency.
To learn more about the options for air condition your newly added room, contact a local HVAC contractor (such as one from Long Beach Heating & Air Conditioning Inc) today.