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.