Basement Heating Options
"An electric baseboard heater works just like a toaster but without the danger of a fire."
Basement Heating Options Checklist
- Electric heating is probably your best bet
- Do the math before making an expensive selection
- Insulate walls with closed-cell foam
- Portable heaters work well
What Basement Heating Options Are Affordable?
You might be surprised to discover the most affordable basement heating option is a simple electric resistance heater. It's important to realize that basements are often just cool and not bitter cold.
This means you don't need lots of added heat to make the space comfortable.
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What Are The Best Basement Heating Options?
Here's a list of the best options:
- fixed electric baseboard heating
- portable plug-in baseboard heaters
- electric under-floor heating mats
- wood-burning high-efficiency fireplace
How Do Baseboard Heaters Work?
An electric baseboard heater works just like a toaster but without the danger of a fire. Electricity passes through a resistance coil.
The coil heats up just like an incandescent light bulb gets hot when the filament glows creating light. Modern electric baseboard heaters are safe.
How Many Heaters Do I Need?
Most electric baseboard heaters have a chart that matches the heater to the square footage of the space being heated. Be sure to place the heaters on an outside wall.
Are Under-Floor Heating Mats Hard to Install?
The under-floor heating mats are not hard to install, but they require attention to detail. Often you must embed the mat in a layer of thinset mortar. The mat then needs to be covered with another layer of thinset before you install the finished flooring.
Do the Basement Walls Need Insulation?
Yes, you should insulate the basement walls. Be sure to use closed-cell foam panels and glue them to the walls with no gaps between the panels.
Is Electric Heat Expensive?
Electric heat can be expensive if you waste it. Be sure to install programmable thermostats that turn down the heat when you're not in the basement space. Modern technology has great programmable thermostats that will save you lots of money.