When my husband and I had our third kid, we knew something at the house had to change. There simply wasn’t enough room for the kids to play without getting into fights, or disrupting our own peace and quiet. I know that being a parent is a full time job, but that doesn’t mean my husband and I should be having to deal with obnoxious noise 24/7. Besides, the kids are old enough now that they do not constant supervision. In fact, they could do with some more space so our littlest one can sleep more soundly. In the end, we decided to finish the garage and turn it into the kids play room. The process of doing so was actually a lot easier than we thought it would be. We built a shed to store much of the things that went in the garage, added flooring and proper doors, then did the HVAC system. We had to choose between extending the heating and cooling system that works to keep the rest of the house comfortable, or buy a secondary HVAC unit just for this room. It ended up being both cheaper to install and more energy efficient in the long room to have a ductless mini split heating and cooling unit installed. This HVAC device was installed in one wall of the play run, and works to provide both heating and cooling without the need for any sort of fuel. Not only is this more energy efficient, but it’s also safer for the kids in this space since it creates no VOCs at all.