Cooling Solutions for Your Attic Remodel
Unused attic space in your Cary or Holly Springs home should have just as much value per square foot as your living spaces. It seems such a shame to allocate so much room above the ceiling for storing boxes and knickknacks. If you’ve decided to maximize more space under your roof, good for you! Following are cooling solutions you may consider for your new attic remodel.
Extend the Current System With Ductwork
Perhaps the first cooling solution that crossed your mind was extending the air ducts of your current air conditioner. This scenario is possible if your air conditioner has the capacity to cool a hot attic, in addition to its normal cooling load.
Bring in your HVAC technician to conduct a cooling load calculation, which incorporates a newly-remodeled attic design, and see if your air conditioner and ductwork can handle cooling the new space. If you choose this cooling solution, make the attic a separate zone with motorized duct doors.
Air Conditioner Upgrade
Air conditioning systems are typically good for eight to 12 years. It depends a lot on usage, local weather and system maintenance. If your current air conditioner or heat pump is getting up in years, installing a new air conditioner or heat pump with the capacity to cool the attic remodel is a natural solution. Plus, a new higher-efficiency cooling system delivers 20 percent or more energy savings than older models.
Dedicated Central or Ductless System
Many larger homes have two air conditioners and heating systems. The advantages of this configuration are zoned comfort, lower energy bills and less operating time and wear per unit. Dual central systems are quite common, though, many homeowners are going ductless when remodeling for greater efficiency and comfort, which ductless air conditioning and heating systems are known.