Finishing your basement is a great way to add value and usable space to your home. Basements provide plenty of space to use for storage, entertainment, guest rooms, or toy/playrooms, just to name a few options. However, it can be very disappointing when you have finished your basement but you can’t stand to spend too much time in it because it is so cold. Basements run much cooler than the rest of the house. In fact, even the warmest basements run 5-15 degrees cooler than grade-level floors. It is a common issue that heating experts such as Allied Services, Inc. know just what to do to fix it and keep you cozy throughout the winter.
1. Extend Existing Ductwork
This is a great option that can help keep a consistent temperature in the basement while also increasing the value of your home. One disadvantage of this option is that it is often not possible to run the furnace only in the basement, thus your ground level and upper levels might get too warm.
2. Install Hardwired Baseboard Heaters
Electric baseboard heaters can be installed on the baseboards in each room of the basement to add heat where needed. Some disadvantages of baseboard heaters are that they are not very aesthetically pleasing and can take up a large portion of the wall. Also, they are not usually very energy efficient.
3. Install a Wood Pellet Stove
Wood pellet stoves are a great option if you are looking to go green, as they do not use much electricity and do not use any gas. Disadvantages include: (1) you will need to vent to the outside because these stoves produce carbon monoxide, and (2) they have a very specific look that won’t be appealing to everyone, especially if you have more modern taste.
Sometimes, a combination of these heating options is recommended. Thus, you should consult a trusted professional like Allied Services. Our team can help you decide which choice is right for you and your home. We also provide HVAC installation, maintenance, and repair services to the Dayton, OH area. Contact us today at (937) 269-5059 to schedule an appointment.