Many people incorrectly assume that basement finishing is a minor project requiring little forethought. This is especially true in terms of the handling of your respective home’s existing systems – much like the furnace and water heater.
In a previous article in this series (Basement Finishing: Warming towards the Idea), we discussed the requirement to analyze your existing furnace’s capability to adequately heat your own home by having newly conditioned space (e.g. your basement).
In this informative article, we discuss the necessity to install adequate heat registers and returns within your basement finishing project, especially in bedrooms.
Your basement finishing efforts may add significant square footage to your own home. You will surely possess a living room, and maybe obviously any good couple of bedrooms, theater, bathroom, etc. Being below ground, basements generally stay cool during the summertime without much help, however, heating the space adequately is a thing that needs requisite forethought before basement finishing begins.
Being the commonest type of heat, let’s briefly discuss how a gas-fired furnace works. A gas fired-furnace has a central chamber where gas is ignited and heat is generated. After the chamber is hot enough, a blower motor for the furnace activates and sends heated air through ducts in your house to strategically placed heat registers.
You have strategically placed cold-air returns, which are important to properly heat a region. This is because your furnace operates by using high- and low-pressure in your favor. When the blower happens, the air is blown to the room. If this pair doesn’t have a spot to escape, quickly the environment pressure increase before the blower is not able to blow any further air in the room. I forget about air can come in, this means no heat can be either.
To fix this problem, return ductwork is utilized. As air is blown into the room, your strategically placed cold-air returns suck air from the room and send it back to the furnace to get re-heated. The cold-air returns are vital for your capability to heat properly.
Now to how this relates to your basement finishing project. Because of their location below ground level, basements are usually harder to heat than other locations. However, again and again, we have seen basement finishing projects completed without regard to adequate heat. The result of these projects is uncomfortable areas where your family won’t want to become.
This is very true in the bedrooms. It is uncommon to find out a bedroom in a basement finishing project featuring its cold-air return. This is a travesty! Imagine the in-laws freezing half-to-death once they come to visit you. To some, this might be a welcome vision, most sons-in-law don’t need the additional headache!
The option would be to make sure each bedroom possesses its cold-air return. Then, ensure the other rooms inside the basement finishing project could have adequate returns to provide air-flow required to properly heat the location.
The added charges are worth the price. We include returns in all bedrooms along with the advantages that are typically and quickly understood by our homeowners. We believe comfort ought to be standard – and experience shows you agree!