The Handyguys address a listener question about his air conditioning and then talk about basement finishing systems.
I live in a ranch style house that has two HVAC zones. We spend most of the time in only half of the house. Would it be OK to turn off the system in the half of the house we don’t use?
Great question Mark.
Before we answer – Mark has a great podcast and website for woodworkers called The Wood Whisperer. If you ever want to be inspired to do some woodworking yourselves, make sure you check out what Mark is doing online.
OK, back to Mark’s question. Short answer is yes. You will have spill-over from one half of the house to another. A simple solution would be to just put up a heavy drape to keep the cool air in the part of the house you are in. We would also recommend not turning off the system completely but just turn it back. An automatic setback thermostat can help with this. There could be issues – Does the system share duct work throughout the house? Will the “design committee” allow for such a guy thing as a curtain in the middle of the house? Does the floor plan even allow for a separation?
Maybe you can make friends with an HVAC guy, invite him over for a beer, and ask his opinion.
Listen to the podcast to hear Marc ask his question and for our more detailed answer.
Basement Finishing Systems
The Handyguys, Brian and Paul, have both done DIY basement finishing. We have been asked our opinions on so-called basement finishing systems. These are not DIY solutions. A company will come in and use their system of pre-fabricated panels to put up your walls.
Some companies offering these systems
- Owens Corning
- Impressive Basement Systems
- Ultimate Basement Makeover
- Basement Living Systems
- Basement Max
- Beyond Basement
- Basement Tuxedo
Handyguy Paul found an old webpage where the author recounts his experience with one of these systems. Check it out – Owens Corning Basement System Experiences.
Brian and Paul discuss the pros and cons of these systems. Listen to the podcast for all the details. Oh, and we ran out of time. Make sure you check out next weeks episode where we finish the discussion! If you subscribe, you will get the new show automatically. Cool.