Heating and cooling a finished basement is relatively straightforward. The solutions depend on the condition of your basement, the frequency of use, the capacity of the existing HVAC system, and your local climate will help determine your options.
Extending the Current HVAC System
One option is to extend your current HVAC system. Whether or not you can connect in with your existing HVAC system depends on a few factors. However, the primary consideration is that the system must have the capacity to service the basement along with the whole house it’s already heating and cooling. Contact a qualified HVAC technician to evaluate the unit and determine if it will still be effective with the additional load.
Heating Only Options
If your existing supply and return ductwork aren’t accessible, and it’s too soon for a new HVAC system installation, there are other climate control options. You can opt to use electric resistance heaters. These types of heaters are appliances that have the same kind of heating element as portable space heaters such as:
- Baseboard Heaters
- Wall-Mounted Units
- Radiant Heating Systems
Baseboard heaters are the most popular choice in climates where heating is the higher priority. The most efficient baseboard heater is one that is hard-wired (240-volt).
Ductless Air Conditioners
Ductless mini-split systems are another common solution for heating and cooling a finished basement. These systems are essentially small heat pumps that are capable of heating and cooling. They include an outdoor compressor and an indoor air handler.
Ductless systems have many advantages in basements and for homes without central heating and cooling. They are easy to install, extremely versatile, and unobtrusive. These units mount to the wall and only require a three-inch hole to connect to the outdoor unit. And, since they’re ductless, there aren’t susceptible to energy loss through ductwork making them an excellent solution for your finished basement.
Heating and Cooling a Finished Basement
Now that you have solutions for heating and cooling a finished basement, it’s time to consider a few questions before you select what works for yours. Remember to:
- Consider how much you’ll be using your basement.
- Ask a professional if you can extend your existing HVAC system.
- Determine if your climate priority is heating, cooling, or both.
Once you’ve answered these questions, the right solution for you will be more apparent.
We Can Help
Advantage Air & Service is the company you can trust to help you with your finished basement or whole home HVAC needs. We never offer services you don’t need and work toward the solution that is best for your space and family. Call us today to schedule a FREE estimate. (479) 361-8647
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