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Popular Solutions for Cooling a Recent Attic Addition

Published on: June 19, 2015
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A number of options for cooling an attic addition are available to help you get the most use from your new space. By working with a trusted HVAC contractor, you might find one of these popular choices is an affordable and energy efficient way to keep it comfortable during the long summers in this region.

Extending the Current System

The easiest solution for cooling a new space is usually extending ductwork from your existing cooling system, provided it has the capacity to cool the space along with the rest of your home. If the new addition is as well insulated, the amount of cooling it needs will be lower.

Utilize a Zoning System

If your current equipment is too small to handle both spaces, you might consider putting the attic space on a zoning system. This popular option is an affordable way to utilize your current system, especially if you won’t use the attic space 24/7. It would have its own thermostat and a motorized damper in the ductwork that only opens when the room needs cooling.

Add an Independent System to the New Space

Cooling an attic addition with a ductless mini split is gaining in popularity since mini splits are energy efficient and relatively easy to install. Mini splits work just like central air conditioners and heat pumps, except they don’t require ductwork. A mini split has its own outdoor condenser and an indoor air handler connected by a narrow flexible conduit that contains the power source, refrigerant and drain pipe.

Replace Your Home’s Cooling System

If your current central system is more than 15 years old or breaks down frequently, it might make sense to install a new A/C or heat pump. New equipment is more energy efficient, carries a warranty, and pays for itself in lower cooling bills.

Learn more about cooling an attic addition, as well as AirConditioningSouthEast.com’s A/C services, or contact us today to find a contractor near you.