Finishing your basement is a great idea to add value and functional space to your home. Part of your plan should be how you’ll heat the space in the winter and cool it in the summer. There are many different HVAC systems you can rely on to do this for you, but which is right for your basement? Here is an explanation of your options.
1. Extend Your HVAC System
The rest of your home already relied on an HVAC system to keep you cool and warm. You can add your finished basement to this system by extending the ductwork to the basement. However, if your furnace and air conditioner are not large enough to serve the additional space, this is a bad idea. You may not be happy with their performance, and they won’t be efficient. Your HVAC professional can tell you if your existing system can handle the extra space.
2. Fireplaces and Stoves
A basement can be as comfy of a space as any other place in your home. One way to warm it and provide that lovely ambiance is by adding a dedicated fireplace or wood stove. Electric fireplaces aren’t ideal, because they don’t produce very much heat. But a gas or wood fireplace can deliver enough heat to warm your basement. Wood stoves, especially high-efficiency ones, can also heat your basement.
Trying to figure out which heating and cooling system is right for you? Contact our team at Handy Bros. Home Comfort today to learn more.
3. Radiant Heating Systems
Radiant heating systems typically rely on boilers. They heat up water, and then pump the warm water through the floor, or walls. The water then releases heat as it passes through the floor or walls, warming up your space. Radiant heating systems can be highly efficient. Plus, if you are already changing the flooring in your basement, it’s a great time to install radiant floor heating. These systems can do such a good job that they take pressure off your furnace to heat the rest of your home.
4. Ductless Mini-Split Systems
A ductless mini-split system is an option for both heating and cooling your space. These systems are wall units, attached to an outdoor unit. They don’t need a duct or tube system like the other systems discussed on this list. They can efficiently heat or cool your basement, and they can also be incorporated into any zone heating or cooling plan that you have for the rest of your home. Each unit can be set up separately, giving you a lot of control over how your basement will feel.
Which Option is Best for You?
Your finished basement should be a comfortable living space for you and your family. Contact our experts at Handy Bros. Home Comfort today to learn how to heat or cool your basement today.