When our homeowners in West Windsor, NJ, converted their first floor into an open floor plan design, they got everything they wanted — except comfortable heating and cooling. Fortunately, a new Carrier ductless mini split made for an easy fix.
It turns out their existing HVAC system didn’t work the same in the new layout. They had hot and cold spots throughout the area. And, the high, vaulted ceilings didn’t help.
Heat would collect up near the ceiling. In the winter, that left the living space colder as the warm air rose. Then, in the summer, our homeowners felt as if the heat was pressing down on them.
What could they do? After all that work and money redesigning their home, there was an unexpected problem they didn’t know how to solve.
Fortunately, they called the Ice-Man.
Thanks to our three-plus decades serving homes in West Windsor, NJ, Lawrenceville, and into Pennsylvania, we had immediately had some ideas on how to fix things.
In this article, we’ll outline the HVAC challenges we’ve encountered with open-floor plans, particularly in larger luxury homes such as this one. And, we’ll cover the solution our homeowners chose, and why it works so well.
Problem: When homeowners in West Windsor, NJ converted their first floor to an open floor plan, they discovered their heating and cooling system no longer worked properly.
Solution: Installed a supplemental Carrier ductless mini split. The air handler on the first floor is powerful enough to treat the entire space.
How Open Floor Plans Create Heating and Cooling Challenges
Open floor plans are officially back in style. Opening up the first floor makes the space feel bigger, gives you more natural light and encourages a sense of togetherness.
However, there’s a drawback; Heating and cooling a space such as this.
Like many suburban homes, this luxury home in West Windsor, NJ, had a split forced-air that provided heat and air conditioning. But, the ductwork design and vent placement were created with separate rooms in mind.
This way, heat could collect in rooms during the winter. And, the AC could treat a few smaller spaces.
The previous HVAC contractor had helped them choose a furnace and AC compressor that was just the right size for their home. You don’t want a system that’s too weak or too strong.
But, taking away those walls throws that delicate balance out of whack.
Suddenly, the system isn’t strong enough, and the vents aren’t in the right places to circulate air through the entire first floor. Our homeowner called us because they were tired of hot and cold spots all over the place.
Carrier Ductless Efficiently Heats and Cools an Open-Floor-Plan Home
Our homeowners were immediately interested when we mentioned a Carrier ductless system for their first floor. They’d heard a little about heat pumps, but not much. How would this work?
It was simple: We’d add a mini split to the first floor. The heat pump would handle the heating and cooling. Since they’re very energy-efficient, it wouldn’t make a huge impact on their electric bill.
But, the real benefit came from the air handler inside the house.
That’s the component that circulates the air through the house. We would mount it on the wall, and just one would do the trick for the entire first floor.
These units have state-of-the-art fans and sensors. This way, it detects hot and cold spots within the space it treats. Then, the fans direct the treated air to the exact areas that need it.
And, they account for the vaulted ceiling.
Now, the air handler detects what parts of the room are not at the right temperature. And, it doesn’t pump air indiscriminately into the house. Instead, it keeps treating where the people are, not the area above their heads.
Similarly, it cools the entire space in the summer — and that includes pushing some extra air conditioning toward the ceiling. That way, the heat doesn’t feel like it weighs down on our homeowners.
Installing A Carrier Mini Split in West Windsor, NJ Luxury Home
Once our homeowners decided to go with a Carrier mini split, we quickly got to work designing the installation.
Fortunately, putting in a ductless system is quick and easy. We were in and out in only one day.
We installed the air handler in the center of the room. The positioning makes it easier for the unit to treat the whole space. And, we placed it above people’s lines of sight. It keeps it out of sight, but it’s not too far up on the high wall.
Finally, we made sure to put it on an exterior wall. That let us run the line set through the wall and right out to the heat pump. So, all you see is the one plain panel on the wall inside.
Outside, the heat pump is close to the house around some greenery that masks it.
Rebates for Carrier Ductless Mini Splits in New Jersey
The icing on the cake for our homeowners was paying less than they anticipated. Once they picked out their model, we found a few rebates for them. In all, they saved $1,200 off the final price.
First, Carrier offered a $200 manufacturer’s rebate. Then, we checked with NJ Clean Energy. That group provides cash incentives for people to install energy-efficient appliances.
This model made them eligible for a $1,000 New Jersey Cool Advantage rebate. So, we prepared all the documentation for our homeowners. When we finished the job, they signed off and mailed it themselves. That way, they got those checks directly.
Now, this home feels complete: The first floor not only has the bright, inviting layout our homeowners always wanted. It’s also more comfortable than ever.
And, you don’t have to settle either when your dream house doesn’t feel the way it should in the winter or summer. Call the Ice-Man today, and we’ll help you find the perfect system for your home.