When adding heating and cooling to your basement, you may be asking questions about cost and what you should expect when collecting bids from HVAC contractors.
You may have concerns on whether your current system can even handle the increased load on it.
You may be wondering what type of system is ideal for your home, or if it’s even worth doing the work at all. Also, designing and installing the right heating and cooling system for your basement adds value to your home. Shoddy work, or no heating or cooling at home, doesn’t do much for your home’s equity, and can even cost you in the long run. There is a lot to consider when heating and cooling your basement. The big one is, can your current system handle the additional load you are about to put on it? If you’re lucky enough, your current system will be able to handle more capacity. Maybe you are not as fortunate, but you still have 2 realistic options which is upgrading your current system or adding an additional system that heats and cools the basement only. If you are adding an additional system to heat and cool your basement, you have a few options. Ductless mini split systems have really become a popular choice over the past few years, because they offer a less expensive way to heat and cool basements. They also don’t require any ductwork to run, which can cut costs, and they conserve space. Upgrading your current HVAC system can also be a cost saving option, if you choose not to go with a ductless system. However, you are most likely still going to need to run ductwork to your basement living areas. But beware, there can be some additional costs associated, so it’s important to understand exactly what needs to be done, when you are collecting quotes. It’s recommended to hire a contractor to take a complete look at your needs, and the size of your basement, before recommending anything.