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Best Heating/Cooling Options for a Finished Basement

A finished basement adds space and value to your Huntsville, AL, home. To make the most of the space and protect your investment, you’ll need to ensure that it’s climate-controlled. The easiest way to heat and cool your finished basement is by extending your existing heating and cooling system. However, this might not be feasible because of capacity, lack of ducts or other design issues. Here are the top heating and cooling options for your finished basement in Huntsville or the surrounding areas.

Ductless Mini-Split

If your basement space doesn’t have air ducts, you can still enjoy year-round comfort with a ductless mini-split. These systems use a wall-mounted evaporator and air handling unit as well as an outdoor compressor and condenser. The outdoor unit looks like a heat pump’s or air conditioner’s outdoor equipment. No ducts are required, so you’ll have more design flexibility.

Radiant Heating Panels

It’s more of a challenge to heat a space underground, but Huntsville’s mild climate makes it easier to do than in locations further north. Radiant heating panels are a good option for those occasional times you’ll want a warmer basement space. You can turn them on and off as needed, and they use fast-responding electrical resistance coils.

Portable Air Conditioner

If your finished basement is smaller than 400 square feet, a portable air conditioner may be a good option. You’ll need a drain for connecting its condensate line. This line collects the condensed moisture from the air in your basement. If your basement is larger, you might need more than one portable air conditioner. Basements usually have high humidity levels, so you may also want a whole-home dehumidifier or portable dehumidifier.

At Alabama Climate Control, Inc., we’re proud to offer cost-effective heating and cooling system installations for finished basements in Huntsville. We also offer reliable heating and cooling maintenance, repair and replacement services. To learn more or schedule an appointment in Huntsville, call us at Alabama Climate Control today.