Dec 01, 2020
Find out what heating and cooling options may be best suitable for your newly finished basement.
Owning a home is a major accomplishment. But the work that goes into it can leave you overwhelmed, overworked and over budget. That's why it's important to consult an HVAC Advocate to help you through the trials of homeownership. Once such trial many new owners (and veterans) face is figuring out the best way to heat and cool their home. It's a costly balancing act regardless of the season. However, there are tips and tricks along the way that might just help.
If your main living areas are already working smoothly on the heating and cooling front, then it's time to look at other spaces...like your basement. Any type of renovation work or remodel will leave your newly finished space, catching up with the rest of your home. So instead of over-paying to heat and cool that new man cave, home gym, office space (or night club). Check out these tips (with the help of bordersheetmetal.com) on how to heat and cool your finished basement...
1. To Go Ductless or Not to Go Ductless
Most HVAC systems (heating & cooling) carry ventilated air throughout your home. Using ducts, usually located above and below room level, air is circulated into a room to help heat or cool it. However, there are some other options. One being the option to go ductless. According to bordersheetmetal.com, ductless mini-split HVAC systems can be mounted on a wall and blow air directly into the room you want. They're usually connected to external units called outdoor handlers, although mini-splits are smaller in size.
2. Extend Your Existing Ductwork
Extending your already in place ductwork will effortlessly carry air to the new "common area" of your home without much hassle. This option isn't the most enviable due to the work involved with connecting new ductwork to your homes' existing work. But the price of this option may be a bit less considering the materials needed. All you'll need is a few more feet of ductwork and a few other tools. Consulting an HVAC advocate can also help you assess how much it would be to contract someone to do this for you if DIY isn't your style.
3. Easily Moveable Options
If your budget is low and you don't necessarily have the time to DIY this project yourself, there are some simpler temporary options. Using dehumidifiers to help take the moisture out of the air is an option. Since most basements are below ground, moisture is more common to build up over time depending on the season. Having a dehumidifier as a temporary option will help cool your finished basement in the summertime. While a humidifier will help keep your basement warm during the winter months due to the constant maintenance of relative humidity levels. The other option is do find a combo system that both dehumidifies and humidifies your basement through preset or manual controls.
*Find a full list of heating and cooling tips here.
Heating and cooling your home to your preference without breaking the bank will take some practice. Whether your home gym is just getting off the ground or you're looking for a movie escape below ground. Using MyHVACAdvocate as a resource to find what (and who) you need and what you don't need will work wonders. Contact an HVAC advocate today to get started on your latest home improvement project.