One of the most important factors in basement remodeling includes an appropriately-sized HVAC system that’s able to meet the unique requirements of the space. HVAC specialist McLay Services, Inc., discusses the considerations that must be kept in mind in regard to the basement HVAC system during remodeling.
Furnace, Boiler and Air Conditioning Components
Basements typically house the HVAC system components. When designing the floor plan for your basement, consider how these components can be incorporated without closing them off, as you’ll need to be able to access them for maintenance, flushing the water tank and potential future upgrades. Consult your trusted HVAC contractor on how to best balance aesthetics, utility and space, all of which should comply with the National Fuel Gas Code.
Humidity levels in the basement are generally higher that those inthe the upper stories of the same building, and as such need to be addressed differently. Considerations such as limited air flow, proximity to groundwater and the condition of the exterior walls must be taken into account, as these can dramatically increase humidity levels as the weather shifts. If the basement is going to be converted into a living space or recreational area with a lot of electronics, you’ll need a dehumidifier. This will help balance the excess moisture that comes from the soil and reduce the problems associated with increased humidity.
Converting the basement into a living area requires increased output from your HVAC system. It may even be necessary to install additional ductwork, depending on how your current system is set up. Once you have a rough plan for the basement, make it a point to consult with a trusted HVAC technician. They will calculate your HVAC system’s new heating and cooling requirements, then recommend changes as needed. Be aware that there’s a chance the HVAC system will need to be upgraded if it’s already at peak capacity before remodeling even begins.
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