Heating and Cooling Your Basement
Add an HVAC system in the basement to maintain a comfortable temperature.
By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik
When finishing a basement, installing a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system can be vital for controlling temperature and humidity.
You can either install a separate unit, or zone, for your basement, or extend your existing HVAC system. Either way, it will be necessary to install new ductwork. This can be a do-it-yourself process for those who have knowledge about how duct systems work, but it may be necessary to request the help of a professional.
Consider adding a dehumidifier to your system, either standalone or part of the HVAC unit, to decrease moisture and help maintain constant temperature.
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