basment heat

newbie21January 22, 2014

I have a 1250 square foot unfinished basement. One half used as rec area with pool table, dart board, etc. The other half has four atv, boat and various junk. The coldest the basement gets is 55, I would like to put a little heat down there, doesn't have to be 75. Just something to knock off the chill. My initial thought was vent free propane wall heater but have some concern about the safety of that. What is my best option?

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I have the same thoughts about unvented heaters. If you go that route for certain have a CO detector functioning.

As to heating the space, your foundation walls are, in effect, a heat sink. The basement remains at 55 degrees because that is ground temperature. Heat goes to cold, so without anything to insulate those exterior walls it will be difficult to make the space comfortable.

If you have the standard basement windows, cover them with plastic to better seal them. That will at least reduce some draft.

Our basement is finished and when the furnace runs it warms to house temperature. We installed an electric fireplace for auxiliary heat, generally needed spring/fall when the thermostat isn't calling for heat in the house.

Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2014 at 9:20AM
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fnmroberts--What kind of flooring do you have in your basement?

    Bookmark   February 5, 2014 at 8:08AM
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ermachef - Just a vinyl 12 x 12 tile - with a not-slip surface. It is the self-stick type but I put down mastic because I didn't want that hollow sound where there are slight depressions in the concrete. No problems after about 8 years.

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Here is a link that might be useful: Basement

    Bookmark   February 5, 2014 at 5:43PM
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