- Jason. 5. Will the gas furnace heat exchanger overheat and crack due to the extra unrated load? Radiant floor heating is a great way to heat your basement. My only question is what about the electric bill? You can paint it beige. ft. That's more than enough to heat your basement. I'm a guy who's secure in myself. - Jason. Hope that helps. It also reduces basement humidity and moisture, which can lead to mold or fungus and subsequent asthma and allergies. Another option for heating your basement would be to buy a wood burning stove - which I think is really cool - but I would not want to deal with "wood", loading wood into the stove or cleaning up wood ash all the time. I appreciate all your help. Fan-driven convection heaters are the least expensive and also the least efficient. They are overpriced and not very efficient. one hyper heat model with 12k BTU (at a cost of $5900 all in). Insulate the walls so you don’t get the cold air in; Keep the warm air inside and not let it dissipate; Make sure the cold floors are sealed and are warm to touch Thanks! You can install it yourself (but it's not exactly an easy job). And what about A/C? - Jason. Is it possible. 'Cause beige is f*ing awesome. Basement fireplaces are cozy and beautiful additions to your basement finishing. Any thoughts on how much impact those things are having to the heat issue? These can be used under a cement floor, or under tiling, hardwood, or carpeting. I am pulling out an old steam boiler from my basement and installing a couple of direct vent Rinnai heaters on the main floor to heat the house. No wood or pellets to load - No ash to clean up! Thanks Jason for your website! Baseboard heaters do not need to run the entire length of the wall, just in certain places. The fireplace idea looks cool but really only puts out a small amount of heat. If you don’t know how to size them yourself, call a plumber to at least install tees and valves for a new circuit. So coke winters. This a 1500 watt infrared heater. The key to it's goodness is that it draws cold air from the floor and heats it, causing a natural rotation without using an electric fan. for my 2-story townhome with a full basement. He told me they like to see at least 1, which I had planned for. Last time I had electric heat was in TN and now in MI cold as hell. (like tiny Siberian babies). The builder had installed 1 register in my main trunk line, I added a second one about 15 feet away. Jason, thanks for the article. Now… some people's heads are going to pop off their necks reading this because they're going to claim that this will completely throw off the "balance" of my HVAC system. It's important to realize that basements are often just cool and not bitter cold. As for the oil heater, part of room will be play area for our toddler which leaves me somewhat concerned about it being hot to the touch (although I think my 2 yo would learn). It only heats about a 144 square feet. Thoughts? The portable thermostat is about 2 feet from it and not picking up the heat. This is just the inherent nature of below-grade living. Windows 15 years old, just ok not terrible for drafts but not new. Maybe be it would be best to only insulate the basement walls? You need to figure out why your basement is cold. It is possible to run the furnace long enough to take the chill off of the basement room, using the energy draw on the electric baseboard heaters. I recommend this over the pellet stove for several reasons. I am thinking of getting one for my basement. What you need is a small, single room heater, that takes up almost no space, costs almost nothing to run and presents almost not fire risk. Let me know what you find. If you do not want to expand your HVAC, then a wood pellet stove is another heating option for your basement. Basement Heating Options: Final Thoughts. This will help the A/C in the summer too as the blower sucks colder air from the basement floor area through the blower and into the upstairs that is usually hotter otherwise. As for AC, you would need a stand alone unit installed - not too cheap - but are you sure that's a must have? Hay! I cut this out and put in what's called a Hydronic toe kick heater underneath some built in cabinets. Do you think this is a good application for the DeLonghi Oil filled electric radiator? Don't despair, though. It's extremely dangerous. Save Money, Get more Space, Learn Something New and Fun. Since the air in the room is not actually warmed, the room will lose heat very quickly. This action corrected the coldness in the bedroom the bedroom sits below ground. Many homeowners also find success with heating a basement by using a radiant heater. All of these heaters will need to be hard-wired into the supply circuits, rather than being plugged into the wall receptacles. So I don't know how much this will cost. Fireplace companies provide ideal basement remodeling heating solutions, which include basement fireplaces, radiant heating systems, and basement floor heating options. Suck it up you big baby - the cold is good for your lungs. Basement Heating Options to Keep You Warm This Winter The leaves are changing, the nights are getting longer, and that means that winter is on its way. Decent options. Hi - I took your advice and bought the Delonghi heater right from the link. Make sure you don't have it set to eco mode or have it on the timer. In many cases, the ductwork is visible and accessible from the basement. At night I woke up shaking! It will beat any pellet stove in the long run and it can be customized to suit the area. Did you really try out a convector heater? Hi Amanda - I guess it depends on what you mean by energy friendly? - Jason, Thanks for the info. 2. Electric baseboard heaters are not the most elegant solution. Hey Jason- Jason, I'm looking for a way to raise the temp of my unfinished 1000sq/ft basement. The exact one I bought is the "Dr. Heater" and it gets 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Working on finishing my basement. Here are a few systems we believe work great as basement heating solutions: So I love the concept of the panel heater but it doesnt cover enough area. I purchased a home with a full finished basement 1100 sq ft all open except a small office type room with french doors. I am frustrated and now I'm using the oven. #finishedbasement #mancave But my concern with a electric heater in a Minnesota full sub level basement is the electricity over time cost more than gas heat from the furnace. I'm working on an update to this blog to show the costs. How can cutting vents in the basement be ok? It heats the whole main room (25'x15') and keeps it toasty warm... best part the heat starts at the floor and rises. How does the panel heater compare to a 220 volt baseboard heater? Thanks for the excellent article! Makes it comfortable. My basement has three outside walls. It's the size of a studio or two hotel rooms. We live in new England (northern Hemisphere). I would recommend getting a few professional firms to take a look and give a recommendation. I'd like to hear your review on convector heater, the new slimmer, wall mountable version. Debating between electric oil space heater and an electric fireplace for more ambiance plus heat. This is it! Hey Tony - Well... maybe. I personally think having a pellet stove would be awesome, I just wouldn't want to deal with cleaning out the ash and having bags of wood pellets in my house - I'm just not that mountainy of a man. If they had a 1000 sq ft version that's probably a better bet. 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