Planning a Home Addition: Heating System Considerations

Adding on an addition to your home is a big job that involves lots of planning and considering the heating system you'll be using in that addition is not something to forget. Whether you're adding on to make room for your expanding family, to raise the potential price of your home if you choose to sell it, or just to give you and your loved ones more room you want to do it right. Here are a few things to consider while planning your home addition as they pertain to your heating system.

What Kind of Addition You Are Planning to Build

What kind of climate you live in and what kind of addition you want to add on to your home are big factors. If you are adding extra bedrooms, an office, or a larger family room onto a home in a climate with extreme temperature changes throughout the year you will want to make sure your addition is as well heated and cooled as the rest of your home. On the other hand if you live a warmer climate and are planning on adding an Arizona room or a sun room to your house you may not need to do anything extra at all. Often these rooms have lots of windows because they are extensions of the original structure so they will keep themselves relatively warm during your mild winters and because it will not be a main room of your home if you don't mind it getting slightly warmer than the rest of the house in the summer you can trust the central home air conditioning to do the trick.

Looking at the Simple Solutions

Sometimes the simpler solutions can be the best, in this case the simple solutions are ones that don't involve trying to incorporate your home central heating and air conditioning units into your new addition. If you're adding a large family room, sitting room, or ornate front entrance area a beautiful brick or stone fireplace can amp it up a notch with added flare and class. A fireplace can serve as not only a decorative addition for both when you're using it and when you're not but will also heat that room or addition specifically and can be turned off when you're in other parts of the house there by saving on your electric bill. If you live in a climate where keeping the room cool in the summer is necessary a simple window air conditioning unit combined with a ceiling fan can be an effective and cost efficient solution.

When Your Standard Heating System Can Be Integrated

If you have a traditional furnace like most current homes and want to integrate it into your addition check where the vents and ductwork for the system already runs. If I runs in the ceiling or walls right next to where you're going to add the addition it will be quite a bit easier to add conduits into your new living space than it will be if the vents are far from that wall.