After living in our home for nearly more than 2 years, we realized we never used the back porch.  It was a complete waste of space. Since we were in need of an extra living room for our youngest daughter, we decided to convert the sun porch.  The project was not overly difficult. The two of us tore the walls down to the studs in order to add insulation as well as electrical wiring. The screens needed to be replaced with thermal pane windows, as well as we installed an overhead light as well as a nice carpet.  Our greatest challenge was figuring out how to handle temperature control. In our area, we deal with extreme weather just about all year round. With Winter hot as well as cold temperatures down below zero as well as humid summer time weather, an effective heating as well as cooling plan was a necessity.  The two of us considered extending the existing HVAC duct, but weren’t satisfied with this solution. The HVAC duct would have been an costly as well as complex task, as well as take up a good deal of essential space. There was also the worry that our current furnace as well as A/C would be unable to keep up with the additional square footage.  I spent some time researching weird styles of Heating as well as A/C equipment online, as well as came across ductless mini splits. The ductless equipment is comprised of 2 separate components which are connected by a slender conduit. Both the outdoor as well as indoor equipment are compact as well as lightweight. The indoor air handler mounted high up on the wall, as well as is conveniently controlled by a cordless remote.  The ductless plan provides both heating as well as cooling capability, certainly maintaining perfect year round temperature in the current living room. It operates quietly as well as is lovelyly energy efficient. Although we hired a professional Heating as well as A/C contractor to handle the installation, the task was completed in a few minutes.

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