A Beginner's Guide to Basement Heating and Cooling Options
Updated: Sep 24
When deciding on your heating and cooling options and what might be best for your finished basement, there are a variety of factors to consider. Take a look at this beginner's guide to basement heating and cooling options below for some tips to consider.
Tips to Think About
Size. Another consideration is how big or small your finished basement space is. Naturally, you will want a system that is optimized for the size of the space, and not waste energy, and therefore money, on one that is too big or too small. 400 to 600 square feet per ton is about what you can expect to need, but every home and space is different.
Safety. The first thing you want to consider when determining your HVAC system for you basement is safety. You’ll need space in your basement for your system with enough room around it that it has sufficient airflow room. If your current set up does not allow for this, unfortunately you may need to have all or part of your HVAC system moved so that it is safe, accessible, and out of the way. You’ll want a Max C. Smith Company to help you out with this.
Price. Of course, you’re going to want to consider cost. Anything that is a major project is of course going to cost you more than something smaller and easier. However, you also want to think of energy savings in the long term as you consider what system to use, and factor that into your budget.
Codes and Permits. Something you may not think about is the codes and permits needed for a proper system to be installed in your basement. One of the things required is proper ventilation. If you don’t have this, be prepared to have a mechanical ventilation system installed. Again, a Max C. Smith Company can definitely help you out with this step. If you think you’ll run into any permit or code issues, leave it up to us.
Basement Heating and Cooling Options
Expanding your Existing Unit. One heating and cooling option is to add on to the HVAC unit that you already have. This means adding a second HVAC system specifically for your basement.
Changing your HVAC System. Another option is to have your HVAC system entirely replaced with a larger capacity system. This may be a good option for you especially if your existing HVAC system is quite old or requires frequent repairs- it might need replacing anyway.
Ductless Options. If you can’t have air ducts in your basement, a ductless system is the way to go. How it works is that there is a heat pump condenser outside and a unit and control inside. This will keep the temperature consistent throughout the year, with no need for additional duct work.
When figuring out what basement heating and cooling option you should go with, it’s best to consult Max C. Smith Company. We can take a look at your space and budget and help you find the heating and cooling system that is right for you.