A finished basement needs an electrical system, an accessible stairway and, of course, heating and cooling systems. Since the basement is usually below ground, it has great insulation in a mild climate. However, you may notice that the air in the basement is more humid than the air upstairs.
For this reason, a finished basement can feel stuffy, especially during the summer months. To ensure your finished basement maintains the ideal indoor air temperature, The Ice-Man suggests a few cooling solutions.
Dehumidify the Air in Your Basement
Due to higher humidity, a basement typically feels warmer than it actually is. The easiest way to fix this issue is by installing a dehumidifier. It removes excess moisture from the air and draws it out using condensation. While a whole-home dehumidifier works wonders in any other part of your home, it may have a hard time capturing moisture in the basement due to a lack of air circulation. A standalone dehumidifier could provide the best results for your finished basement.
Add a New HVAC System
A basement is generally cooler in temperature and may not have the same cooling requirements as the rest of your home. For this reason, you may want to consider adding a new HVAC zone to your home. An HVAC zone is a separate system with its own air conditioner, ductwork and vents. If a zoned HVAC system is correctly installed, you can adjust the temperatures of various areas from one location.
Install a Ductless Mini-Split System
In some basement areas, zoned HVAC systems can be difficult or impossible to implement. In this case, your next best option is a ductless mini-split system. It consists of an indoor unit, which circulates air throughout the room, as well as an outdoor compressor, which serves as both the heater and air conditioner. As the name suggests, the units don’t need ducts to provide conditioned air in the room where it’s installed. The only modifications you need are a power supply and a hole drilled through the exterior wall to allow space for the refrigerant line.
Maintain Air Movement
Stagnant basement air can feel stuffy and uncomfortable. To increase the comfort level of your finished basement, make sure you have consistent airflow. While it may seem old-school, a fan can be a great way to improve air circulation and freshen up the air in your basement. This prevents mold and mildew growth and ensures that your basement doesn’t develop a musty smell.
For more information about your HVAC system, get in touch with The Ice-Man. Our team of HVAC experts is committed to providing the best heating and cooling services! Call us today at (609) 466-9020 or fill out our contact form to book an appointment.