A finished basement is a great investment. Not only is it nice to have additional space in your home, you’ll likely benefit from a greater return on your house if you ever go to sell. Read on for what you need to consider when it comes to heating and cooling your newly redone basement!
Getting started: finding the right contractor
Hire a contractor knowledgeable in finishing basements as this person will guide you through the process, ensuring to pull the right permits for the job. Depending on where you live, you may need to pull a permit if you are getting new HVAC equipment, installing new ductwork or adding onto your current system.
Because many basements house large appliances, such as the furnace and other HVAC equipment or the hot water tank, you’ll also need the contractor to come up with a way to conceal them but not close them off entirely. A properly designed utility room or storage room can keep you space looking clean while meeting the right accessibility requirements.
Can your current systems keep up?
You’ll be adding several square feet to your home and in turn, more space to heat and cool. Consider your current equipment and determine whether or not it can handle the extra demand. If your current HVAC system can’t handle the extra space, work with a trusted HVAC company to determine whether it would be more effective to invest in a new system for the basement area or upgrade your current system to a bigger or more efficient one that can can heat and cool the entire home.
Also consider what you’ll be using your basement for; will it just be a place that you occasionally go to hang out or watch TV? Or, will it be an office or a living space for one of your kids or another loved one? This will help you determine how much control you’ll want to have over the temperature. You may want to think about a zoned system, wherein a separate thermostat is installed that controls the temperature of the basement independently from the rest of the house, for maximum comfort.
Preventing future problems
Moisture problems are common in finished basements and can not only ruin your hard work, but affect the health of you and your family. Ensure your basement’s indoor air quality remains high by taking measures to control moisture before it even becomes a problem. Your contractor and your HVAC company can help you to determine the best drainage, waterproofing and dehumidifying solutions for your finished space.
If you are thinking about finishing your basement, call the experts at Crown Group Ohio. We’d be happy to help you find an HVAC solution to maximize comfort in your new space!