Heating and cooling a two-story home addition takes careful planning and sound decision-making. You want to balance the remodeling expense with long-term comfort and energy efficiency. It’s important to work closely with a certified HVAC professional to achieve results you’ll be delighted with for many years — without breaking into your nest egg.

Home evaluation

Your HVAC professional should do a thorough energy evaluation of your home. The steps should include inspecting your insulation, noting your energy-use habits and calculating your heating and cooling load.

The evaluation will detail the energy and thermal performance of your home, areas that need improvement and a determination of the best heating and cooling option for your addition.

Extend your current system

Your HVAC professional may tell you that your current system is capable of handling the additional heating and cooling load. If it’s possible to simply extend your home’s ductwork, he may advise you to use your present system but also incorporate zoned heating and cooling, which could optimize the savings and comfort throughout your home.

Upgrade your system

If your HVAC system is more than 10 years old, you may fare better with a new high-efficiency furnace or heat-pump system. Compared with older furnaces and heat pumps, a new high-efficiency system could possibly heat and cool your entire home — the new and the older parts — at a lower overall cost.

Independent system

Ductless mini splits are gaining recognition for delivering efficient heating and cooling to spaces where there’s no ductwork. Mini splits are compact heat pumps that use independent air handlers — as many as four — to provide heated and cooled air to a living area. It could be an ideal option for your addition.

For more information about heating about cooling that addition you’re planning to build, contact Fred’s Heating & Air. For 25 years we’ve provided expert HVAC service and installation to homeowners in the Omaha and Council Bluffs areas.