Tips and Tricks for Heating Basements

tips for heating basements

Basements are notoriously chilly, but heating your basement is possible. With these tips and tricks, you’ll have a warm cozy basement for your family or your guests.

Tip #1: Insulation is Key

Most basements are not adequately insulated, and insulation is key in keeping a basement warm. Before you spend money on heating equipment and the energy to run it, be sure your insulation is up to par in your basement and add it if it’s not.

Tip #2: Consider Ductwork Extension

Most basements have some ductwork and vents that blow heat into the space. It might not keep it warm enough to spend time, but it’s enough to keep pipes from freezing. Extending the ductwork and adding more vents can add more heat to the basement area. Using the existing system as a foundation and building off it is the easiest way to get started.

Tip #3: Baseboard Heat

If you don’t want to rely on your existing furnace or you want an independent heat system, consider adding baseboard heat. These run off electricity and will heat a room in the basement without rerouting any of your ducts.

Tip #4: Try a Combo Pack

In many basements, the best option for heating involves a combination of heating methods. For example, combining heat from the furnace with baseboard or electric space heaters and potentially a pellet stove can bring your basement from cold to cozy without a lot of HVAC work. If you’re not sure which heating solution best fits the needs of your house and basement, there are professionals nearby who can help. Reach out your local McCall’s Supply, Inc. dealer for help and guidance.