Finishing the basement of your home is a great way to expand your available living space. However, there are a few HVAC considerations that you and your contractor should address before any work actually begins. If you’re considering finishing your basement, here are a few points to consider:

  1. Will your existing HVAC equipment be able to efficiently heat and cool the new space you’ve added to your home? This is an important consideration, especially if the basement will be subdivided into multiple rooms. Configuring ductwork so that it circulates the air properly can be a daunting task. This is especially true if the new configuration requires more power than the existing unit was designed to deliver. A professional HVAC technician who specializes in HVAC maintenance and installation will be able to help you evaluate your equipment and the extra demands that will be placed upon it. This is done by evaluating the basement’s proposed layout, duct dimensions and insulation as well as the climate of the area surrounding your home. Once this information has been gathered, you’ll be able to make an informed decision on how to proceed.
  2. If you’re HVAC isn’t able to adequately cool your home, should you add a second unit or replace the system? This decision is fairly simple and straight forward if your equipment is more than fifteen years old, frequently needs repaired, or is improperly sized for your home. However, it may be more difficult to justify replacing newer, more satisfactory equipment. The key factor to consider is space. If space is a concern, your heating and air professional may be able to suggest some alternative options for your home.
  3. Where will the ducts go? In many cases, how much space you have above your head will depend on the type and placement of your ductwork. Depending on your system and the available space for it, you may need to consider slim ducts, rerouting existing ducts or drywalling around them. Having the ducts arranged in the right configuration will help to better heat and cool your home, while helping to preserve the aesthetics of the room.
  4. How many thermostats do I need? In most cases, you’ll want separate temperate controls for the main floor and basement. Since they’re underground, basements normally stay cooler than the rest of the house. It’s great in the summer, but not as enjoyable once the winter chill sets in. Depending on the size and type of equipment you’ve chosen, you may be able to install a multi-zone thermostat or install a second thermostat in order to provide more independent controls for this area.

To learn more about heating and air options for your home or business, contact our offices in San Jose, CA. We specialize in HVAC maintenance for both residential and commercial HVAC systems and are certain we have the right solution for your needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and let us know how we can help you. We look forward to the call.

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