Some people may say that basements are just there to store all your old junk that you can’t be bothered to chuck out. However if this is your attitude, you’re really missing out on what can potentially be a really great room. Some ideas can include games room, wine cellar, living room and even a home gym. If this is going to be a room you want to spend a lot of time in, obviously you want to be nice and warm if it’s a bit chilly outside. Normally basements can be fairly cold places so having a source of heat down there is a must if you live somewhere prone to cold weather.
What Are The Best Basement Heating Options?
This isn’t a straightforward question to answer because there are so many basement heating possibilities. A fireplace is a distinct possibility if it’s suitable to have one installed. However in order to install one you should have a chimney flue which is functioning. If you don’t have a working chimney flue then it can be rather costly to install. If you don’t want to go to the hassle and expense of installing a flue you could elect to buy an electric heater, ceramic heater, propane space heater, baseboard heater or fan heater.
For larger basements there are heavy duty electric heaters which are perfectly capable of heating a room to a lovely warm 100F. Electric heaters are pretty economical to run and are very simply to use. Inside the heater is an element which heats the oil that then heats the air in your basement. Due to the lack of exposed element there isn’t any need to worry about the safety of your children or even pets.
Ceramic heaters have a fan inside which pushes hot air created by a ceramic heating element. You can even buy ceramic heaters which have two heating elements with an oscillating grill so that you can heat a larger basement. They also come with other features such as anti-freezing, temperature sensor, tip-over switch and air filter.
There are baseboard heaters which include heating elements that warm the air as it passes along. The cold air is also pulled down so that it can be heated and the warm air then rises. The great thing is that they take up very little space and don’t need any ductwork. They are very simple and easy to install and work well in many types of basement.
For smaller basements of around 300 sq ft you can use a propane gas heater which are great because there’s no need to bother with ductwork and electric cables.
Underfloor heating has really become very popular nowadays because of their ability to heat a room evenly. This means you’re not going to end up with one part of the basement warm but another part is cold. This is because the heat doesn’t come from a single source; instead the heat radiates through the flooring and is evenly spread out in your basement. It’s also a great option if you don’t like the idea of having a heating source that makes a noise as underfloor heating is completely quiet. The heating elements are also completely hidden from view so is ideal if you are the sort of person who likes their home décor to be as minimal as possible without unnecessary clutter. The main drawback however is the cost and the work involved in having it installed
So if you’re worried that you basement is going to be cold and uncomfortable you’re mind can be set at ease because you have a number of basement heating choices. It doesn’t matter what your budget or what size of basement you have, there will be a heating product that will meet your needs. In terms of pure function, under-floor heating would be the winner, however it is not straight forward to install and it does require you to lift up any floor coverings you may have laid. Go along to your local DIY outlet or heating shop and find out what products they have to offer and get as much info on them as possible.Related Posts:
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