4 Options For Heating And Cooling Your Finished Basement

When the elderly live alone, their children worry about their HVAC systems, especially in extreme weather. Find ways a contractor can help your loved one here.

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Keeping Grandma Warm This Winter

Growing up, I practically lived at my maternal grandparents’ home. I ate most of my meals at this cozy, brick house in the country. My grandmother spoiled me when I was young. Every weekend, she took me shopping with her. And, I usually came home with something new. My grandfather played catch and checkers with me often. He was always a wonderful listener as well. Sadly, my grandpa passed away right before my thirteenth birthday. My grandma still lives in the house she shared with my granddad. During the winter, she used to build fires in her fireplace. However she relies exclusively on her central heating and air conditioning unit now. On this blog, I hope you will discover the ways an HVAC contractor can help keep your elderly loved ones warm this winter.


4 Options For Heating And Cooling Your Finished Basement

4 March 2020
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Now that your basement has been finished, you might be looking into heating and cooling options for this part of your home. You actually have a few different heating and cooling options to look into. These are four of them.

1. Expand Your Existing HVAC Unit

You can start by looking into expanding your existing HVAC unit. A heating and air conditioning professional may be able to install additional ductwork to your basement. Then, you will not have to worry about buying another unit. However, there is the possibility that your existing unit is not big enough to handle the additional workload. This is something that an HVAC technician can help you figure out.

2. Install a Newer and Bigger Whole-House HVAC Unit

If your existing unit is not big enough to heat and cool your basement in addition to the rest of your home, you can look into buying a new, bigger unit. This will come at a higher cost, of course, but then you and your family can enjoy the other benefits of having a new unit, such as improved energy efficiency and reliability. An HVAC technician can help you choose a unit that is big enough to take on the job and can assist with a professional installation.

3. Use a Separate Mini-Split System for Your Basement

Many people choose to install a separate mini-split system that will be used specifically to heat and cool the basement. This is a good idea if you want to be able to maintain a different temperature in the basement than in the rest of the home, such as if you're going to be using the finished basement as an apartment.

4. Use Space Heaters and Portable Air Conditioners

You can look into purchasing small, electric heating units, such as electric fireplaces and electric space heaters, to keep your basement warm during the winter. During the summer, you could consider using a standalone portable air conditioning unit. These units aren't usually as effective or efficient as the options listed above. Therefore, you may only want to use them for temporary purposes. If you're only going to be using your finished basement every now and then — such as if you'll be using it as a guest room for infrequent guests — then these options might work well. If you will be using your finished basement on a daily basis, on the other hand, you may want to explore the three options above instead.