Finishing your basement will increase your home’s living space so you and your family can relax and enjoy a variety of fun activities together. But how will you cool your new space? Should you add on to your existing HVAC system, upgrade to a larger whole home system, or add a secondary supplemental system?
Add on to Existing Cooling System
If your existing cooling system has the capacity to service your basement in addition to the other parts of your house, you can expand your existing ductwork to accommodate the new living space. The easiest time to do this is when your basement is still unfinished or in the initial stages of remodeling. Extensions and registers can be attached to the main supply and return ducts, then the new ductwork can be neatly concealed between your unfinished ceiling joists.
Ductless Mini-Split Systems
Ductless mini-split systems are often the preferred option for heating and cooling finished basements due to their ease of installation and versatility. Mini splits are essentially small heat pumps (capable of both heating and cooling) which connect an outdoor compressor to an indoor air handler with tubing that carries refrigerant. The outdoor compressor can be located up to 50 feet from the indoor air handler (so you can place the unit inconspicuously) and multiple indoor units can be connected to a single exterior condenser. Mini splits conserve space and energy because they are wall mounted and do not require ducts to be ran, meaning no energy is ever lost through leaky ductwork.
Upgraded and Supplemental Systems
Your home’s current air conditioning system may not be able to handle the additional demand on its own. Upgrading to a new system means you can cool your home’s upstairs living areas and new basement living areas all from a single system. Another option can be to add a second air conditioner and duct system to serve just the basement. You should have a qualified HVAC technician evaluate your system to determine what will work best for you and your home. If your current air conditioning system is relatively new, you may not need to upgrade, but if you’re experiencing frequent repairs and breakdowns, it will make more financial sense to upgrade to a higher capacity system with improved efficiency and performance.
Trust Atlanta Air Care
At Atlanta Air Care, our skilled heating and air conditioning technicians can help you determine the size and type of system you need to cool your home, including your new finished basement space. We will give you recommendations based on your specific home’s needs. Call us today to make sure you and your family are always cool and comfortable in your new space!