Cooling Your Basement

Protect storage items and keep visitors comfortable with these tips for basement air conditioning.

Types of HVAC Systems

Types of HVAC Systems

f you've done an energy efficiency assessment of your home, maybe had some additional insulation installed, and you’re hiring a heating or cooling systems professional then now’s the time to decide on the right HVAC system for your home.

By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

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.

Best of Basement Design: 13 Stylish Underground Spaces

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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.

Rockin' Rec Room: Lounge

The rec room houses a number of stylish seating options, where homeowners can either sit and watch the show or simply lounge. Splashes of orange, inspired by the brightly-colored mural, are scattered throughout the space.

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Rockin' Rec Room: Entertainment Center

The other side of the rec room serves as a cozy living area. Plus, the space can instantly become an entertainment center by simply unrolling a hidden projector screen.

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Rockin' Rec Room: Gym

In an enclosed area of the rec room, homeowners can work out in their very own cross fit gym.

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Industrial Chic: Open Layout

This spacious industrial basement gets some added charm with nautical details, as seen on HGTV's Cousins Undercover.

Industrial Chic: Sitting Area

Despite the exposed ceiling and plywood walls, the space is surprisingly cozy, thanks to an inviting sitting area. As seen on HGTV's Cousins Undercover.

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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.

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Refined Red: Living Space

Using red as a bold accent color, this basement was transformed into a vibrant and multi-functional living area, as seen on Sarah's House on HGTV.

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.

Refined Red: Game Area

In one corner of the room a pool table is accompanied by seating, storage and a chalkboard, creating a fun and functional game area, as seen on Sarah's House on HGTV.

Contemporary Office: Desk and Accessories

Hardwood floors, industrial gray desk and contemporary accessories give this basement office space a sleek and sophisticated look.

Contemporary Office: Stairs and Shelves

This petite underground office is the perfect example that even the smallest basements can be transformed into stylish spaces.

Playful Family Space: Lounge Area

This cheery basement offers something for the whole family. On this side of the open floor plan there's a stylish sitting area where adults can relax.

Playful Family Space: Entertainment Area

On the other side of the room, a ping-pong table, piano and beanbag chairs create the ideal space to entertain kids for hours.

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.

Ultimate Teen Hangout

This game room, media center and bedroom combo is a dream come true for any teenager.

Brightened-Up Basement

White furniture and walls lighten this living space, while graphic wallpaper adds some visual interest.

Sports Lounge

Strategically placed athletic accessories give this comfy basement lounge a sporty feel, without going over-the-top.

Prepped for a Party

Complete with a projector screen, bar and pool table, this basement escape is ready for entertaining.

Entertainment Hub

This neutral living room offers various venues for entertainment, from a space for creating music to a lounge-worthy media area.

Open and Airy

This beautiful living space perfectly balances rich dark wood with light furnishings. The room also opens up to an outdoor patio, making the space even brighter.

Basements and Bears, Oh My!

This family-friendly living room combines sophisticated furnishings with whimsical accessories, like adorable wooden bears. Along the wall, framed family photos are displayed as a gallery.

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.

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