Cooling Your Basement
Protect storage items and keep visitors comfortable with these tips for basement air conditioning.
One of the greatest benefits of adequately cooling your basement is that it will help to keep the rest of your home cool. Not only will it will result in a comfortable home environment, but air conditioning will keep moisture and mold from invading a basement space.
Rockin' Rec Room: Stage
Who's ready for a jam session? The HGTV Smart Home 2014 rec room sets the stage for hours of music-making with signed instruments, stage lights and a vibrant chalkboard mural backdrop.
Industrial Chic: Open Layout
This spacious industrial basement gets some added charm with nautical details, as seen on HGTV's Cousins Undercover.
Industrial Chic: Playhouse
A playhouse just for kids is tucked in the corner. Continuing to use industrial materials, the house is constructed from plywood and corrugated metal, as seen on HGTV's Cousins Undercover.
Refined Red: Living Space
Refined Red: Sunny Windows
This basement is lucky enough to have large windows that let in ample light, which keeps the rich color choices from feeling too dark, as seen on Sarah's House on HGTV.
Simple and Sophisticated
While this chic basement incorporates many dark pieces, like granite countertops and wood built-ins, the strategically-designed open floorplan lightens up the space.
Open and Airy
Budget-friendly options for cooling a basement include installing window air conditioning units. Depending on the size of a basement, you may need more than one unit to sufficiently cool the space.
Other low-cost options include floor fans or a box fan. Box fans will also fit into an open window and help to push warm basement air to the outside. Ceiling fans can be a worthwhile investment for a homeowner who is seeking a more permanent solution. Installation, however, will require some electrical work that may be best left in the hands of a professional.
If you are looking to install basement air conditioning, then proper insulation, ventilation and ductwork will all be factors that will have to be considered. A consultation with an experienced contractor will be useful during this process.
See also: HVAC Buying Guide
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