Heating, Air Conditioning, Fridge, HVAC/Basement heating choice


Hi Joe:

I am in the process of finishing an 1158 square ft open concept basement in an 11 year old home in Pennsylvania. The house is equipped with a 2 stage heat pump central air/heating system covering the 2 upper levels (not the basement). I have reached the point where I am trying to decide between 2 options: Option 1-mini split or option 2-tapping into the exposed duct work in the basement to provide heat and AC. My concern with option 2 is whether the HVAC is properly sized to handle the additional square footage. How can I determine this and is option 2 something I should even be considering? Thanks in advance.


hvaccomputer.com sell a residential heat loss/heat gain calculation for $50.00. if your HP is sized to handle the basement then that should make your decision easier.No mention if you have zone system .You may need to install a zone with bypass to get the air up to the top level.  

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