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When we were kids, there was a neighbor down the street that had a finished basement. They were the only people on the block who had one, and as kids, we thought it was pretty cool.
The entire downstairs space was dedicated to all sorts of fun things. When their children hosted birthday and/or slumber parties, we had a confined space to hang out in that allowed us to play without driving the adults nuts.
During the Super Bowl and World Series, the basement became the sports hub of the house. Not only was there plenty of space for everyone to sit, there was tons of folding table space to hold the soda, pizza and snacks.
When their kids got older, it was the place where mom and dad set up the video game consoles, so the family room TV wouldn’t be monopolized by a pack of rowdy teenagers.
Suffice to say, finished basements are great.
If you’re considering adding one to your home but you’re trying to figure out the best way to heat and cool it, the experts at Redline Heating are here to help. Below are just a few of the more common ways this can be accomplished.
Portable AC units and space heaters
Portable units can be purchased online or at any big box retailer and when it comes to upfront cost, they can be a cost-effective option for regulating temperature in a given space. On the other hand, they tend to use quite a bit of electricity, which can make them expensive to run.
If you plan on living in your home for the foreseeable future, and you expect to be using your finished basement for many years to come, it may be worth speaking with a local HVAC technician to learn more about the costs associated with expanding your ductwork. Yes, your upfront costs will be higher, but your overall energy bills will be far less than they’ll be if you go with a space heater and/or portable AC unit.
Consider zone-based heating and cooling
A third option is to have a mini split installed. Mini splits are ductless, zone-based heating and cooling systems. You’ll have an indoor unit that’s mounted toward the top of a wall, and that will connect to an outdoor compressor unit. The mini-split will be controlled by a remote, which will allow you to operate the unit as a heater or as an AC unit. Some models will even operate as a fan or dehumidifier.
Have questions? Contact Redline Heating today
If you have questions about the best ways to regulate the temperature in your finished basement, the experts at Redline Heating are here to help.