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Basement Heating

Puja Lalwani Dec 1, 2018
There are numerous options for basement heating, depending on the size of the space you wish to cover. Take a look at some of the best options you can choose from.
Basements are those areas of the house that require maximum heating, because they tend to get the coldest. If you happen to spend a lot of time in the basement, then you will require a good source of heat particularly in the winters when temperatures drop drastically. Apart from insulating it against the cold, you need to have a proper source of heat.

Option 1: Direct Vent Gas Fireplace

Heating a basement with a direct vent gas fireplace is a great idea. It does not even require a chimney. Instead, it is exhausted from the side wall of the house. Such fireplaces will keep your basement warm without electricity.
They are also a great way to enhance its d├ęcor, since they are available in a variety of sizes and styles. This may help if you use your basement as a den, an entertainment zone, or simply as a place where you unwind and get away from the rest of the world for a bit. Insulate the area well so that this gas fireplace can work efficiently.

Option 2: Ceramic Heating Systems

For smaller basements ceramic heaters are a good option, as these are portable. Some come with a fan that directly vents out hot air into the room.
For a larger basement, you can still choose this option by buying a ceramic system with dual heating elements. These also have oscillating grills and are capable of evenly heating the room. Use the temperature control and anti-freezing option that some of these heaters come with. They also have air filters that you will be required to clean regularly.

Option 3: Heavy Duty Electric Heaters

These can heat areas as large as 500 square feet, so if you have a large basement, this is the best option. They do not require much space, they can be wall mounted, portable, lightweight, and easy to install.
Their temperatures can also be controlled. On the negative side, these may generate heavy electricity bills, so unless extremely necessary, you may consider other the other options.

Option 4: Radiant Heating System

Irrespective of the area you have to cover, the radiant system, a type of underfloor heating, will provide uniform heat to the basement and keep it well heated so that you can relax there.
It is mostly used below a floor and consists of tubing that radiates heat directly through the floor. It is therefore also called radiant floor heating systems. It is connected to a water boiler that is its prime source of heat, it is one of the most energy efficient options. Also, there are electric radiant floor systems you may choose to install.
The biggest drawback of this system is that it requires a great deal of time and money for the installation process, and has to be done before the flooring is laid. It requires additional duct work and dealing with any problems with these is difficult, because they are covered with a layer of flooring or wall paneling.

Option 5: Baseboard Heaters

Baseboard heaters are low lying heaters, that function by sending out warm air and pulling down cold air to reheat it. Since they occupy less space and is easy to install without the need for any duct work, these may be simple solutions for smaller basements.
The best way to choose from any of the systems is to determine the size of the space you are heating, your budget, and the efficiency of the product. It is usually a one time investment, so invest wisely.