Ductless Heating and Cooling for Basement in Somerville

The owners of this quaint Colonial townhouse in Somerville, MA, were experiencing continual problems with the basement space. The home was equipped with a gas heating system but provided no central AC. This design hadn’t been a problem so far, except in the basement.

Somerville townhouse gets single-zone ductless heating and cooling system.Because the heating system did not serve the basement, winter left the space frigid and unusable. Additionally, the lack of an AC system meant that the basement was humid and muggy in the summertime. This family used their basement for piano, which was highly sensitive to changes in the humidity and needed a stable environment.

The family agreed that a heating and cooling system needed to be installed to keep the basement a functional part of the house. Ideally, they wanted a single system that would provide heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. Another requirement was that it needed to be a cost-effective system that would run up their energy bills. Additionally, a solution with humidity control would help preserve the life of their piano.

They discovered N.E.T.R., Inc., and read some of our reviews from other customers in the area who had similar problems. After finding our expertise in ductless systems, the family felt confident that we would be able to design a solution for their home.


The Problem: The basement of this townhouse in Somerville, MA, was muggy and humid in the summer and ice cold in the winter. The lack of heating and air conditioning made the space almost useless.

The Solution: N.E.T.R., Inc. installed a single ductless air conditioner that will double as a ductless heating system in the winter. This unit was connected to an outdoor condenser and will provide humidity control, as well.


The Installation

Example of a ductless air conditioning unit installed in the basement.Jimmy Smithell met with the family to walk through the basement and design a solution. He decided that the best fit for the space would be a single ductless AC unit with an outdoor condenser.

The indoor unit was mounted on the wall near the piano, which allows it to provide the best air circulation for the room. Additionally, the unit will be out of the way and won’t interfere with the décor or aesthetic of the space.

The outdoor condenser was placed on the right side of the home, where it was out of sight. Then, the indoor unit was connected to the condenser through thin tubing. Because the ductless system does not require ductwork, it is an excellent option for basements and older homes. The entire system can be installed by cutting a few small holes in the wall, instead of a massive construction project to add and hide new ducts.

The tubing for the system is run through the walls, similar to electrical wiring. This tubing allows the condenser to push the air from outside to the air handler inside the home.

The Benefits

One of the benefits of ductless systems is that it allows for pinpoint control of the temperature throughout the year. The ductless AC is controlled with a remote, instead of a central thermostat so that it can be adjusted from the comfort of your couch.

In systems with multiple units, each ductless AC can be controlled separately from the others. This design allows for greater control of the comfort of the home, by setting the temperature for that room individually, instead of using a centralized system. Now, the family can keep the basement warmer in the winter, without straining their existing system.

Outdoor condenser unit installed in Somerville, MA.The ductless AC unit installed in this Somerville townhouse is one of the best quality heating systems available. It will provide state-of-the-art heating all winter long so that the family can enjoy their basement, even on the coldest days. In addition, the ductless AC unit will easily switch to providing AC in the summer. This installation will finally allow the family to make the most of their basement all year long.

Another benefit of this system is that it offers high-quality humidity control. This ductless unit will be able to monitor the basement’s humidity and make adjustments as needed. The family was thrilled to know that this single system would solve all of their problems.

Additionally, the energy-efficient system qualified this family for a rebate of $215, which helped to offset the cost of the installation. Not only that, but the system is so efficient that it takes about the same energy as a light bulb to run!

The ductless system is built to be easy to expand. If the family ever decides that they need additional heat in the bedroom or a little extra cooling power in the kitchen, N.E.T.R., Inc. can add a unit without any trouble.

Is Ductless Right for You?

This family was able to find a heating, cooling, and humidity control solution with a single installation! N.E.T.R., Inc. provided a simple solution that made an unusable space into one of the most comfortable rooms in the house!

Are you tired of dealing with a basement, attic, or addition that is never the right temperature? Don’t risk your safety by opting for dangerous space heaters or expensive window ACs. Contact N.E.T.R., Inc. today and let us design a solution for your home.

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