When I decided to add an addition onto our Lowell, Massachusetts home there were a lot of choices to make.
I knew I wanted the area to serve as my office.
I wanted a lot of windows and plenty of space to stretch out. I also needed an attached bathroom. I debated on linking to the existing ductwork of the house. I then realized my current HVAC unit would have needed to be updated to a larger one. I didn’t want to get into that big expense. I also don’t use my office all day long, everyday. It made sense to do a small HVAC unit just for the office and bathroom. For heating I had heated flooring put down. Underneath the office carpet and bathroom penny tile there are electric heated mats. They keep the floor warm all winter long. When your feet feel warm, the body feels warm as a result. I can lower the temperature in the office because it feels so toasty. For AC I am able to get by with just a portable unit that plugs into the wall. The air conditioner does a great job and I only run it when I am in the room. So for a few hours five days a week in the Lowell summers. It makes for a small energy bill and does not affect the rest of the house. The addition itself was pretty pricey. It is nice that I was able to save quite a bit of money on heating and cooling. I really like how everything turned on. My current HVAC equipment works just perfectly for my Lowell, MA area.