Adding a two-story addition is a common way to add the extra space many families crave. However, one of the most important aspects to consider is the best option for heating a two-story addition.
Many times your existing HVAC system can be extended to service the new square footage, but that depends on the capacity of the existing unit. The other options are to upgrade your entire unit or to install a separate unit designed to heat only the new space.
During the remodeling process is the best time to look into the infrastructure of your HVAC system. It might be time to upgrade to a more energy-efficient unit anyway. Upgrading the HVAC system while you’re already opening up the walls and ceiling can actually save you time and money.
If extending the existing system doesn’t work for you, you could install a separate system for heating a two-story addition. There are several options available such as a ductless heating system, a high-velocity mini-system, or a hydronic or electric radiant floor system.
- Ductless systems are small wall-mounted systems connected to a small outside unit.
- The high-velocity mini system has flexible feeder pipes about two inches in diameter that run through the wall and also connect to an outside unit. The air pumps back into the house through ports that look like recessed lighting fixtures.
- Hydronic systems use water that runs through pipes either embedded in the floor (for heating)
- Another option for heating a two-story addition is electric radiant heat systems installed under the floor. You can use a variety of floor coverings with radiant heat including wood, tile or carpet.
For more expert advice on heating a two-story addition or to schedule an appointment to install or service your Grand Traverse County HVAC system, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about heating your two story addition and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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