How to Heat and Cool an Addition
LESLIE: Alright. Now we’ve got Matt from Illinois with a heating question. Matt, how can we help you today?
MATT: Thanks for taking my call, guys. Love your show. I just bought my first house and I’m looking to convert a room into an office.
MATT: But it’s an addition and wasn’t covered with the heating and cooling system that I’ve got currently in the house.
MATT: And unfortunately, my contractor says that my system isn’t big enough to cover that room.
TOM: You must have got a good deal on this, since they didn’t heat the addition.
LESLIE: It’s only for summer usage and even then, it’s uncomfortable.
TOM: You know, a good option for you might be something called a split-ductless system. Mitsubishi is a leading manufacturer in this space and they have these split-ductless systems that are pretty cool. They’re very energy-efficient and they consist of a small compressor that sits outside the house. And then there’s an air handler that mounts inside the house, usually up on a wall; sometimes above a window. And it supplies warm air in the winter and cool air in the summer.
Now, I know about this because I actually have one in my office. I’ve got an office that’s on the south side of the house and we, unlike you, have – actually do have heat and cooling in here but we don’t have enough of it because it overheats. So we use a Mr. Slim, which is made by Mitsubishi, to actually supply additional cooling to this space and it’s wonderful in the summertime.
LESLIE: I also have a Mr. Slim in my home. It’s actually in the basement of my home and the reason why we sort of went with this option – because we were looking to put central air into the house. There was no way to get ducts from the upper levels into the basement, just because our house is super-old and there was really no place for ductwork. So the Mr. Slim split-system was really the best choice and a perfect application for us.
And it’s great. It’s mounted on the wall; it’s about a foot high by 2 feet wide. You barely notice it. I mean it’s really a fantastic item. It cools really well, it heats fantastically when I need it and it’s super-quiet. And you know what? It wasn’t that expensive to install or to run.
MATT: So a Mitsubishi Mr. Slim?
TOM: Yep. That’s the system. You can take a look at their website, which is MitsubishiComfort.com.
TOM: And that’s the website for the Mitsubishi Electric Company. And they’ve got a great Homeowners section there that kind of walks you through the system. There’s an interactive tour. You can really learn lots about it right there.
MATT: Excellent. Thank you so much, guys. I knew you’d have the answer.
TOM: You’re very welcome, Matt. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.