Best Heating/Cooling Options for a Finished Basement
Nearly half of all American homes are outfitted with basements. Many of these basements are left unfinished and are typically used as storage areas. If you have a finished basement, that’s something to be proud of. However, it’s common for homeowners to face heating and cooling issues in basement living spaces. Here are a few heating, cooling and ventilation options for finished basements you should think about:
Look Into Humidity Control
Relative humidity is a metric used to measure humidity levels in indoor areas. High humidity levels are known to make warmer months less bearable; however, during colder times of the year, higher humidity levels can improve comfort even without directly raising the temperature. Humidifiers and dehumidifiers are solid options for improving the comfort that your finished basement provides. These devices don’t require any remodeling or construction projects — simply carry them inside, plug them in and let them run.
Consider Adding Windows to Your Basement
Most basements are at least partially above ground level. Although it’s not feasible to have full-sized windows like those throughout the rest of your home, in your basement, small windows can still improve your comfort levels while you’re spending time in the space.
Don’t Underestimate the Power of Ductless HVAC Systems
Also known as ductless mini-splits, ductless HVAC systems, are affordable, energy-efficient and effective tools for improving indoor temperature, humidity and ventilation control in single-room areas like basements. Your basement doesn’t have to be above ground for you to install a ductless HVAC system. These air conditioners, heaters and ventilators are wall-mounted and are simple to install. All that’s required is drilling a roughly 3-inch hole in an exterior basement wall to connect the indoor air handler to the external unit.
Many homeowners neglect their basements’ potential because of heating, cooling and ventilation concerns. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or don’t know where to turn for help, look no further than Innovative Mechanical, LLC.
Based in Marietta and serving the greater Atlanta area, we offer AC and heating unit repair, no-contact service calls, whole-home humidifier installation, around-the-clock emergency services, maintenance plans and more. Contact us today to schedule a visit.