- Before planning construction, it’s a good idea to arrange for a professional to perform an energy audit to evaluate your home’s heating and cooling needs. Your HVAC contractor can then provide suggestions for optimizing your heating and cooling system while keeping energy bills to a minimum.
- Many homeowners assume that expanding their current HVAC system is the less expensive option. However, depending on the size of your HVAC system, you may need to increase its capacity in order to handle the greater demand posed by your two-story home addition. In the long run, replacing the system with a new model may prove less costly.
- Installing a brand-new HVAC system that doesn’t connect to your existing model may be the most cost-effective solution. Placed adjacent to the home add-on, a dedicated HVAC system expends less energy because of the fact that the ducts are shorter.
It’s no great surprise that adding on a second story to your home means you will need to install a new cooling and heating system. While extending your current HVAC system into your new addition may seem like the logical step, replacing your whole system may in fact be the wiser choice. Because you will likely pay more to heat and cool your new, enlarged house, installing a new energy-efficient HVAC system may in fact reduce your monthly energy bills by 20 percent, or about $200 annually. As an added benefit, homeowners who purchase a new HVAC system may quality for a tax credit from the IRS. A leader in AC service, Del-Air specializes in keeping residents cool and comfortable year round. Here are some of our tips for cooling your new two-story home addition: