Basements make a great bonus living space to any home, as long as it can stay comfortable down there. What if it gets too humid in the summer or too chilly in the winter? Lucky for you, there are many options for heating a finished basement, making that space just as comfortable and livable as any other room in the house.
First, figure out what your needs are for the basement. What will you be primarily using the space for, and how often will you be down there? Do you have a bathroom or bedroom in the basement? These are things you should consider before upgrading your HVAC.
Heating your basement can be difficult because it is below ground. Cold air and moisture has a tendency to move toward the lowest levels of your house. You can combat those elements by extending your HVAC system. Once you have determined that your HVAC can handle the extra workload, you can install additional ductwork to direct the air flow to your basement.
If you do not have that much area, you can warm up the spot that needs it most with a space heater. These are budget-friendly options that provide instant warmth and can be used without the need to remodel. Other potential options include a fireplace, radiant heat, or ventless gas heaters, but what you choose depends on your specific needs.
Cooling the basement should not be as much of a challenge because the space is naturally cooler. However, during hot, humid months, you may need a little extra comfort. Again, you can extend your HVAC system by installing ductwork and registers in your basement, and that extended system can work year-round for any temperature.
The quick, budget-friendly option for cooler your basement is the portable air conditioner. The unit can stand directly on the floor and takes up very little space. However, it may not end up being very energy efficient in the long run.
Help turn your basement into something much more by properly heating the space in the winter or cooling it down in the summer. Call the professionals at Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning today at (734) 425-1415 and find out what the best method of upgrading your HVAC can be for your home.