If you turn on the TV, you’ll find dozens of shows on remodeling homes. This has a lot of people looking into doing a remodel of their own—either on an investment property or their primary residence. When the work begins, one of the biggest challenges they encounter is HVAC.
It can be difficult to know where to start. So we’ve compiled some key, HVAC things to consider when taking on a remodel.
Ducted vs. Ductless
What type of heating and cooling is right for your remodel?
A home remodel can be fun and exciting. But between planning and completion, there’s no shortage of headaches, hassles and decisions—especially when new HVAC systems are involved.
Ductless systems offer a very attractive alternative to ducted systems for spaces not covered by existing HVAC. Because they don’t require any ductwork, they are ideal for buildouts, building additions or areas where traditional systems may not work. They can also provide substantial savings if you’re redoing an older ‘historic’ building that does not have an existing HVAC system in place.
Is it smart to retrofit or expand an existing system?
If you’re comparing the cost of adapting an existing system vs. adding a ductless system, the costs go beyond the units themselves. Retrofitting or expanding an existing system usually entails tearing open walls, patching, painting and other structural tasks that require both time and money.
Ductless systems consist of an outdoor unit that connects to an indoor unit—joined by a small refrigerant pipe and electric cable that run through a modest three-inch hole in the wall. And the outdoor unit’s electric cable powers the indoor unit, so there’s no need for any additional wiring.
Is your HVAC system choice one you can live with?
For smaller add-ons, attics, garages and older homes, you might consider window units. However, these units aren’t very energy efficient. They also obstruct window views and are visually unappealing—from both inside and outside your house.
Ductless systems are efficient and unobtrusive, creating bright, happy and healthy spaces by filtering and dehumidifying the indoor air.
What systems offer the best value now—and for years to come?
What makes ductless systems so efficient? First, they use modern technology designed to minimize energy use. Timers and sensors allow you to control when the system runs, so it only heats or cools when needed. They also avoid hard shutoffs and startups, which waste energy.
Ductless systems are innately more efficient because they do not have to push air through long expanses of ductwork. The warm or cool air flows directly into your new space, with no temperature loss along the way.
Successful Remodels Begin with Successful Planning
Before you remodel, take a close look at your heating and cooling options—and make sure ductless is among them. With a range of ductless units and full systems, Midea can help you every step of the way.
Energy efficiency is a key area of focus for us—we’re continually looking for smarter, more environmentally friendly ways to help keep homes comfortable, clean and healthy. Simply put, we have the solutions you need to avoid days of work and keep you and your budget in the comfort zone.