A remodeling project that expands the amount of living space is a great way to get more enjoyment and value from an existing home. But it is important to remember that additional changes may be also be needed in order to ensure that the newly expanded spaces will be cool and comfortable for your family to use, even during the hottest days of summer.
While installing a larger air conditioning system is one option, homeowners may also want to consider using a mini-split air conditioning system to ensure that their new living spaces will be comfortable for use in any weather. If you are unfamiliar with mini-split systems, the following information will help you understand their benefits for home remodeling projects.
No need to build ducts into the remodeling plan
When expanding an existing home, the goal is to achieve as much additional space as possible at the lowest possible cost. Because mini-split systems are ductless, homeowners do not need to allocate space in walls and ceilings to hide bulky ducts, vents, and cold air returns. Instead, a mini-split uses a powerful but very quiet motor to deliver cool air throughout the space where it is installed.
Installation is fast and non-intrusive
Another benefit homeowners can enjoy by opting to install a mini-split is that installation takes only a few hours and requires very little modification to the walls or surfaces of the structure. In fact, most mini-splits require the drilling of only a small hole in the wall for the purpose of running electrical wiring and hoses. Outdoor components can be placed on a pad or mounted on special hangers on the exterior wall, and the compact interior unit, often called a head, is usually installed high on the interior wall.
Zoned options add increased comfort and flexibility
Mini-split systems also allow homeowners to choose the comfort level they prefer in each area where one is installed. Similar to a zoned central air conditioning system, mini-split systems use individual controls, complete with remotes, that can be set at the family's preferred temperature to ensure optimal comfort. Additionally, homeowners can choose to turn off each mini-split system whenever the space will not be occupied to save even more on energy bills.
If you are planning an upcoming remodeling job and would like to learn more about mini-split systems and their many benefits, take time to discuss your project and cooling needs with a reputable air conditioning contractor in your area.