Converting your home’s lower level into a stylish finished basement is one of the smartest home improvements you can make. By expanding your usable living space you will increase your home’s livability as well as its eventual resale value. Whether you divide your finished basement into individually designated areas or leave it one big space, you will need to keep it cool and comfortable. There are a number of factors to consider when choosing the best cooling option for your finished basement, from initial and maintenance costs to power needs. Taking the time to choose the best cooling option for your space now will make your finished basement as comfortable, efficient, and valuable as possible for many years to come.
Basement Cooling Solutions
- Portable Air Conditioner:If your finished basement is broken up into many rooms, you may want to consider the flexibility of a portable air conditioner.
- Ductless mini-split system: Mini splits are essentially small heat pumps (capable of both heating and cooling) which connect an outdoor compressor to an indoor air handler with tubing that carries refrigerant. The outdoor compressor can be located up to 50 feet from the indoor air handler (so you can place the unit inconspicuously) and multiple indoor units can be connected to a single exterior condenser. Mini splits conserve space and energy because they are wall mounted and do not require ducts to be ran, which means no energy is ever lost through leaky ductwork.
- Extendingyour current air conditioning system:If your finished basement consists of one large living space and your current air conditioning system can handle the additional square footage, you may want to extend your existing system into the lower level of your home. Extensions and registers can be attached to the main supply and return ducts, then the new ductwork can be neatly concealed between your unfinished ceiling joists.
- Upgrading your system:Your home’s current air conditioning system may not be able to handle the additional demand on its own. Upgrading to a new system means you can cool your home’s upstairs living areas and new basement living areas all from a single system.
- Adding a supplemental system:Another option can be to add a second air conditioner and duct system to complement your initial system and serve just the basement.
Call Cochran Cooling & Heating Today!
Whether you are planning to finish your basement or you already have a basement living space that needs air conditioning, you have a few different options. At Cochran Cooling & Heating, our skilled technicians can help you determine the size and type of system you need to cool your finished basement space and your entire home. Call us today!