3 Ways To Heat Your Basement And Advantages Of Each

If you enjoy spending time in your finished basement but often find it too cold to be down there for long periods of time, there are some heating options available. If you want to stay snugly warm during your time downstairs, here are three ways to heat your basement and advantages of each.

Fireplace

If you are the romantic type, you would probably love heating your basement with a fireplace. But besides creating a cozy ambiance, fireplaces are a great option because of the many different types and styles from which to choose. Some of the most common types of fireplaces include: gas, electric, and wood-burning.

There are many advantages of installing a fireplace, some of which include:

  • Gas and electric fireplaces are virtually maintenance-free
  • Wood-burning and gas fireplaces can be used during a power outage
  • They come in a wide variety of designs

If you enjoy watching the flames dance, even a gas fireplace can provide a realistic-looking fire.

Pellet Stove

If you are looking for a simple way to heat your basement, pellet stoves are relatively new types of products that are becoming very popular. One of the reason many homeowners choose a pellet stove is because they are environmentally friendly. These types of stoves burn compressed wood pellets, which are made from recyclable materials. The pellets are small and come in bags, so they are easy to store and don't make a mess, like wood can.

Here are some more advantages of pellet stoves:

  • They don't produce any smoke
  • They have an automatic pellet-feeding system
  • You can place it close to the wall without having a fire hazard

If you are looking for an economical way to heat your basement, and you're concerned about the environment, a pellet stove is the way to go.

Electric Heater

Some electric heaters are actually able to heat an entire finished basement. Some of them have wheels attached so that you can move it to another part of the room. If you have children, you'll need to warn them not to touch it as it can get very hot.

There are many advantages of using an electric heater, some of which include:

  • They are very quiet and don't make any noise
  • Many of them come with a built-in thermostat
  • They come with a timer so it will shut off after predetermined amount of time

While an electric heater might not be as romantic as a fireplace or stove, it will still do the job of keeping your basement nice and toasty.  

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