Is a Basement Finish on Your Summer To-Do List?

Start With Professional HVAC Planning

Winter months spent indoors, along with a surprisingly heavy April snowfall, have left many Minnesota residents with a long summer project list. For those afflicted with cabin fever, adding comfortable living space is a high priority. A basement home office, craft room or entertainment retreat adds value to any home and gives housebound families room to spread out when winter storms keep them inside.

An unfinished basement can be transformed into a beautiful living area for a fraction of the cost of a home addition. Handy homeowners can save even more—but only if smart planning eliminates expensive mistakes. Unfinished basements include ducts and appliances that are often difficult and expensive to move. Professional HVAC services ensure that your project progresses on budget, complies with safety codes and delivers comfort, year after year. Before work begins, savvy Twin City residents call on McQuillan Bros for basement heating, ventilation and air conditioning installation service in Minneapolis.

HVAC Problems to Avoid in a Basement Finish Project

Your plans for a finished basement may look stunning and include all the features on your wish list, but if the design skimps on utility or fails to meet code, moving forward could be a costly mistake. Before you rough-in rooms or install the first two-by-four, consult a reputable HVAC contractor like McQuillan Bros Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. Technical guidance from a certified professional safeguards your family and helps you avoid expensive problems in areas critical to project success, including: 

  • Placement & Condition of Current HVAC Equipment
    Existing HVAC equipment and ductwork should be inspected and repaired before construction begins. You’ll save money and avoid damage to flooring, ceilings and furniture if ducts are moved or a worn-out furnace is replaced early in the process.
  • Load Test & Supplemental HVAC
    A finished basement increases your home’s usable space, but it also increases the area that must be heated and cooled. An HVAC professional can determine if your current furnace and AC will operate efficiently with the new HVAC load. If your system falls short, you may need to replace it with a larger unit or add supplemental heating and cooling with a mini-split or high velocity heat pump.
  • Configuration of a Mechanical Room
    To maximize living space, you might be tempted to confine your home’s mechanical systems to an area with insufficient access and ventilation. An HVAC specialist makes sure mechanical installations meet code requirements, have adequate ventilation for safe operation and offer enough workspace to accommodate repair or replacement.
  • Indoor Air Quality
    Basements are notorious for dampness, mold and odors. Highly efficient indoor air quality (IAQ) systems balance humidity, eliminate odors and mold and cut down on allergy triggers. These systems can be added to new or existing HVAC units.

Consult McQuillan Bros for HVAC Services in a Basement Finish

As Minnesota’s Original plumbing, heating and AC company, McQuillan Bros was serving satisfied customers long before the advent of modern air conditioning. We are industry leaders at the forefront of our trade, and we’ve become the go-to HVAC team for room additions, finished basement spaces and air conditioning installation services in Minneapolis.

If creating a basement game room or home theater is in your summer plans, start with a comprehensive HVAC review from the McQuillan Bros’ team. We’ll cover all the indoor comfort bases, from load calculations to installation of zoned AC systems and IAQ equipment. Preserve your family’s safety and comfort with an air conditioning and heating system that is up to code and capable of handling the job. Call 651.237.5097 to schedule a basement HVAC evaluation or air conditioning repair service in Washington County.

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