HVAC Considerations When Finishing Your Basement

A lot of people ask us if it is necessary to replace their heating system and/or water heater when we finish their basement, especially if their system is older. Although it can be easier to get the replacement done before the system is enclosed during a basement finish, it is a large additional cost to the project. Here are a few things to consider:

How Old Is Your System? If your system is 15 years or older, you may want to consider replacement at the same time as the basement finish. If your water heater is over 12 years old, the same logic applies. However, if you aren’t quite ready for the additional expense, or your system is still running well, you can wait. A reputable contractor will leave adequate space for an HVAC company to do the replacement easily when the time comes.
Do You Want to Install a Zoning System? One great option when finishing your basement to increase comfort in both the new space and the whole house is adding an Arzel Zoning System. The zoning system automatically controls the temperature in certain parts of the house, and can help keep you more comfortable in the basement by redirecting heat or cooling into the areas of the home that need it the most. It will also increase the overall efficiency of your system, and lower your bills as a result. For more information on Arzel systems, visit their website at
Is the Ductwork Run for the Whole Basement? If you need additional ductwork for the rooms in the basement, you will definitely want to get this done before doing the rest of the remodel work. Trying to do ductwork after the walls and ceilings are constructed is much more expensive and labor-intensive, and it doesn’t make sense to undo the work that is already done.