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.

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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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