Viable Options For Heating The Basement
Not all basements are warm; some basements are cold and require artificial heating to be comfortable. Below are some of the ways you can heat your basement so that you can use it just like any other room in the house.
Extend the Ductwork
If you already have the ductwork upstairs, you can extend it to heat the basement. Many people think of this as the first option, but further scrutiny reveals some problems. For example, the basement and the upstairs rooms are usually at different temperatures. Thus, using the thermostat setting for the upstairs rooms for basement heating can lead to uneven heating. Zoned heating or the manual control of registers can help, but this method can still prove to be costly.
Use Electric Heating
Another option is to go electric. Electric heating comes in various forms such as these three.
- Floor Heaters
This option involves installing electric elements under the flooring materials. The heating elements heat the floor, and the heated air above the floor rises to warm the rest of the room. The main advantage is that it leads to even heating. The main disadvantage is that it involves removing baseboard trim from the basement before installation.
- Space Heaters
Space heaters are portable electric heaters that are plugged into existing electrical outlets. They are easy to use (no installation needed) and cost-effective, but they are unsuitable for large basements and are notorious for uneven heating. Many people also consider space heaters unsightly.
- Baseboard Heaters
Baseboard heaters work almost the same as space heaters, but they are not portable. Baseboard heaters are installed along the perimeter of the room. They are also unsuitable for large rooms and might interfere with furniture placement in the basement.
Use Wood Heaters
You can also use wood to heat up your fireplace. The options here include the following.
A fireplace is a good option if you already have a chimney. The cost of installation increases tremendously if you also have to install a chimney. Storing the fuel (wood in its various forms) and keeping the fireplace clean are some things to worry about.
- Wood Stove
A wood-burning stove is more or less the same as a wood-burning fireplace in that you still need a chimney for it. However, the stove is more efficient and uses less fuel than the fireplace.
The best way to heat your basement will depend on various factors such as the size of the basement and the heating system in use upstairs. Consult a heating service for a thorough analysis and professional installation of your chosen system.