Utilizing the space in your unfinished basement not only adds value to your home but it offers additional square footage for you and your loved ones to enjoy. Before you can finish your basement, consider what it needs to maintain consistent warm temperatures. Do you already have basement HVAC ducting installed or will you need to decide where and how to install more?
During any renovation process, you should consider discussing your plans with a professional if your HVAC system is affected by the remodeling. Contact KS Services to have our NATE-certified technicians inspect your current system. We will offer suggestions that are affordable to make heating your finished basement go smoothly.
Keep Your HVAC System Hidden But Safe
Many homes have their furnaces, air handlers, and other HVAC equipment housed in the basement. Before determining how you will finish your basement, consider a way to enclose your HVAC system. This will keep them from attracting attention as an eye-sore in your newly finished basement and keep it safe from damage. Incorporating a utility room or something along those lines will allow you to conceal the equipment but still have access via a door for maintenance and repairs.
By enclosing your equipment, ventilation needs to be addressed to allow gas furnaces to ventilate according to gas code requirements. The National Fuel Gas Code specifies the number of cubic feet required to vent your furnace based on the BTU output. Your design must allow proper room around the heating unit for safety.
Know Your HVAC Codes and Permit Considerations
Building codes vary depending on different factors. If you don’t have windows in your basement or you don’t have enough for proper ventilation, installation of a mechanical ventilation system might be required to create a healthy and safe environment.
Unfinished basements typically don’t have ductwork already present for heating and cooling purposes in the area. It’s best to determine what new basement HVAC ducting you will need and put it on paper. Providing a visible plan, for where your current system is located, where the supply and return ducts are, plus additional basement HVAC ducting to be installed, might be necessary if you have to obtain a building permit. You can contact your local municipality to find out if you need a building permit.
Determine the Size System You Need
Contact a qualified and skilled heating and cooling technician to determine the correct size HVAC system needed to heat your home plus heating your finished basement. If you are adding supplemental heating and cooling equipment, you only need to have the finished basement sized for the add-on unit. Contact KS Services, and we will send a NATE-certified technician to size your home and finished basement, so you get the best heating possible.
Additions Versus Upgrades
You have two options if your current HVAC system doesn’t meet the capacity needed for heating your finished basement:
- Upgrade your existing HVAC system to a larger capacity unit
- Add a second HVAC system to provide the necessary heat to your finished basement
The best option depends on your situation and personal preferences. If your HVAC system isn’t that old, upgrading might not be the most cost-effective choice. However, if your system is old and experiencing more frequent repairs, upgrading to a higher capacity HVAC unit might be the perfect choice for your home and basement.
A popular choice, when basement HVAC ducting isn’t available or when a system’s capacity doesn’t meet the additional square footage, is a ductless system. You can have a heat pump installed outside and install an indoor wall unit to operate your heating without adding basement HVAC ducting. The indoor units offer flexibility for installation, and they can be set up on a zoned system for increased efficiency.
Make the best choices when it comes to heating your finished basement! Contact KS Services to schedule a free estimate for a new unit or schedule service to have your current system sized. Our technicians are NATE-certified and the best in the industry.