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Finished Basements: An Economical Way to Add Family Space

HVAC planning keeps costs low


Saint Paul, MN -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/11/2018 -- With the arrival of mild temperatures, delayed this year by heavy April snows, Minnesotans are emerging from hibernation with plans to expand their living spaces. For many residents, finishing an unused basement is a cost-effective way to add entertainment rooms, welcome guests and ease next winter's cabin fever.

Finishing a basement typically costs 10 to 15% less per square foot than a home addition, and homeowners with do-it-yourself skills can save even more. Framing out partition walls or installing flooring are good DIY projects, but homeowners should consult a licensed HVAC professional for heating upgrades and air conditioning installation service in Minneapolis.

DIY Basement Finishing: Three Common HVAC Problems

A finished basement adds square footage that must be heated and cooled for a comfortable year-round environment. In most homes, HVAC equipment and ductwork are located in the basement, presenting unique safety and utility problems. To avoid costly repairs after drywall, flooring and partitions are installed, homeowners should begin construction with a heating and cooling plan from McQuillan Bros' HVAC professionals. A plan that assures energy-efficiency and meets building safety codes includes these three considerations:

1. Properly calculated load requirements. An HVAC system too small for the added space can mean inefficient operation and excess equipment wear. Certified technicians make heating and cooling load calculations and check the condition and size of existing equipment. A reputable air conditioning repair service in Washington County offers zoned climate control solutions like mini-split heat pumps and high-velocity units to supplement HVAC systems that fall short.

2. Humidity & odor control. Homeowners should consider adding indoor air quality (IAQ) equipment to increase comfort and control two chronic problems in a finished basement: excess humidity and unpleasant odors. An experienced air conditioning installation service in Minneapolis can add high-efficiency air filters, air purifiers or whole-home air filtration to new or existing HVAC systems.

3. Adequate space for HVAC service. Many basement designs maximize usable living space but may overlook the need for workspace around mechanical systems. Homeowners who plan for easy access will save money when it's time for air conditioning and heating repairs or replacement.

About McQuillan Bros Plumbing, Heating & AC
As the Twin Cities have grown during the past 130 years, McQuillan Bros has remained at the forefront of comfort innovation. Our technical know-how has changed with the times, but our dedication to exemplary customer service has not. Residents trust our family-owned and -operated plumbing and HVAC business for its principles of unwavering integrity, expert workmanship and fair, upfront pricing. Learn more about our Minneapolis/St. Paul team: Call 651.237.5097 to schedule air conditioning repair service in Washington County or contact us online.