If you’ve got an unfinished basement below your home, you may want to finish it out! Finishing out your basement can provide you and your family with some much needed extra living space, or simply a great space to entertain. Finishing your basement can provide you with a great return on investment if you ever choose to sell your home, as well. Whether you’re using a contractor to help you finish out your basement or you’re going to tackle it yourself, there are several HVAC considerations you’ll need to take into account.
1. Keep all heating and air conditioning components clear. Unfinished basements are generally home to furnaces, air handlers, and other HVAC components. When you are designing the layout of your finished basement, you’ll need to take all these components into account. You’ll want to keep them aesthetically pleasing without closing them off entirely. You can often accomplish this by incorporating a utility room into your floor plan. Since a utility room is a confined space, you’ll need to make sure its properly ventilated according to your local codes and ordinances. You’ll also want to make sure that you have easy access to the utility room for future repairs and maintenance on your HVAC system.
2. Code and permit restrictions. Local building codes differ from state to state, county to county, and city to city. The codes that will be applicable to you will have built in considerations for the HVAC system when finishing your basement. You may be required to show proof of proper ventilation for health and safety reasons. You may be required to submit detailed floor plans and drawings, and you also may be required to get a building permit. Check with your local office before beginning any work.
3. Figure out what size HVAC system you will need for your new space. Adding new living space to your home means more space to heat and cool. You may need to enlist the help of a professional HVAC technician to ensure that your HVAC system can properly heat and cool your new space. You may need a whole new system, or you may be able to upgrade your old system. If your existing system isn’t large enough to heat and cool your new space, you may be able to add a second unit instead of replacing your existing unit. A professional HVAC technician can help you determine what will be the best option for you and your family.
4. Indoor air quality. Basements oftentimes have moisture issues. Once you’ve finished your basement, its important to protect all your hard work and your health by coming up with a moisture control solution. Once your basement is finished, a simple dehumidifier can make moisture problems worse by pulling moisture through the walls, causing damage to them. Its important to install proper drainage and ventilation systems in your basement as you work on it.
Contact Custom Klimates for to request a service call or to learn more about our indoor climate solutions or Cor’ Home Automation. We offer the recommendations, services, and products you need to better protect your comfort, budget, and the air quality in your home. With over forty years of proven experience across Canton, Woodstock, Cartersville & Alpharetta, GA, the HVAC technicians at Custom Klimates are your trusted source for quality heating and Air Conditioning solutions.