If you grew up in a house with a finished basement, or you had a friend who had one when you were growing up, you likely have quite a few fond memories of that space.
Finished basements are great for hosting kids’ birthday parties, slumber parties and Girl Scout or Boy Scout meetings. They can be transformed into sports viewing rooms during the World Series and during the Super Bowl.
As your kids get older, a finished basement will be an ideal space for setting up their video game consoles, so they don’t wind up monopolizing the television in the family room.
If you’re considering hiring a contractor to help you finish the basement in your Ft. Collins, CO home, you may be wondering how to regulate the temperature in that part of the house.
For this blog, we thought we’d take a few minutes to address that.
Portable units may be an option
If you think you want to partition the basement off into several smaller rooms (ie: storage closet, laundry room and recreation space), you may be able to get by with a portable AC unit or space heater. Again, this will all depend on the square footage of the space you’ll be using. The upside of portable units is that they’re relatively inexpensive and they can be purchased at any big box retailer.
The main downside to this type of this type of heating and cooling option relates to energy cost. Space heaters and portable AC units can lead to noticeable upticks in your monthly heating and cooling bill.
Extending your ductwork
If you don’t see yourself moving out of your home anytime soon, you may want to speak to an Ft. Collins, CO HVAC service provider about extending your ductwork. Yes, you’ll incur a bit more expense on the front end, but this will be a far more cost-effective solution, in the long run, over using portable units.
Consider a ductless option
If neither of the prior two solutions excite you, you may be interested to learn that you can install a ductless, zone-based heating and cooling system. This type of unit is more commonly referred to as a mini-split. Mini splits consist of a wall-based unit and an outdoor compressor unit, and instead of being operated with a thermostat, you’ll set your desired temperature setting with a remote.
Mini splits can serve as AC units, heaters, dehumidifiers and fans.
Have questions? Call Bauer Mechanical Services today
If you have questions about the best way to heat and cool a finished basement, the experts at Bauer Mechanical Services are here to help.
If you’d like information about the costs associated with extending your ductwork, or you’d like to learn more about the pros and cons of installing a mini split, we’re happy to take as much time as needed to answer your questions and address your concerns.