Finishing Your Basement? What Heating Solution Is Right For You?
When you’re finishing your basement, you have a lot on your mind. Plumbing. Finishing work. Decorating.
Finding the right heating solution is one of many choices you’ll have to make. But it’s one of the most important, as you don’t want to be uncomfortable as you play and have fun as a family in your new rooms. Even in the warmest of basements, they will typically run anywhere from 5 to 15 degrees cooler than the rest of the home. When you’re living space is below grade, it has different requirements for staying comfortable.
Obviously, when building new construction, it’s the best time to plan for heating your basement living space. But if you’re finishing your basement after the fact, your options are dependent on the home system already in place. You’ll have to retrofit it into place. And no matter how talented a contractor is, retrofitting will never have the sleek look of original construction.
Still, you have choices.
Extend the existing ductwork. This is often your best solution. If your home already has ductwork in place, extending it into your basement living space will provide you with one heating solution for your entire living space. In many cases, the ductwork is already visible in parts of the basement. The technician will merely have to extend it and continue it throughout the basement. The most important part of the process will be recalculating the heating load and size of the furnace, to determine if you have the proper system in place to heat your entire home.
Install baseboard heating. Some people prefer to hardwire electric baseboard heaters into the electrical system. This can be a plus where you prefer spot heating where you want and need it. They might not be the most elegant looking way to heat your home, and will take up valuable space along some of the wall space in your basement. But they can work well especially in warmer areas where you don’t use that much heating throughout the year. It’s not as easy as setting them up and plugging them in. They require a lot of power and do need to have their own supply circuit to ensure they work properly.
Use space heaters. Plug in space heaters have the ability to bring the heat where you want it. It’s a completely portable solution. This can work in small spaces, or places where you use the space only some of the time. It requires the least amount of energy, and is the least expensive way to make a space comfortable while being occupied.
What solution is right for you? It may be a combination of heat sources. Because the basement is often the coolest space in the home, you may find yourself in need of a little extra heat from time to time – something space heaters can help out with.
If you want to find the best solution for you, our technicians can help. Give us a call today, and let us help guide you to the perfect heating solution for your home.