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willrod29 02-26-2013 01:17 PM

Basement heating
 
I need some advice on installing heat in a finished basement. I was thinking of going with electric baseboards (220V) or fan force wall mount electric heating. Which of the two would be better to install in a finished basement? Are there any other options for me without going through a big demo job?

yuri 02-26-2013 01:23 PM

baseboards are almost 100% quiet vs the noisy fan of the other unit. baseboards will provide a lot more even heat. fan unit is good for special apps where the baseboards won't work. baseboards cannot be blocked by drapes or sofas etc so you need to figure out what furniture, walll units, tvs etc you want to place against the walls and go with a fan unit if that is a problem. you may be able to take some heat runs of the furnace but I like baseboards better for the ability to have heat when the furnace is not running on sunny days plus you can shut them off when not downstairs and use the furnace for better purposes (upstairs).

SeniorSitizen 02-26-2013 02:22 PM

There is a vented gas wall heater operating in our basement as we speak and we're loving it because we've been without electric power for the past 18 hours because of a blizzard. If gas is an option consider it.

TarheelTerp 02-26-2013 02:29 PM

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Originally Posted by willrod29 (Post 1125386)
I need some advice on installing heat in a finished basement.

What about summertime AC?
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http://energy.gov/energysaver/articl...lit-heat-pumps

yuri 02-26-2013 04:07 PM

most people don't AC/cool their basements.:yes:

TarheelTerp 02-26-2013 05:57 PM

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Originally Posted by yuri (Post 1125480)
most people don't AC/cool their basements.:yes:

I think you have that backwards.
Most of the world is south of you.

sublime2 02-26-2013 06:00 PM

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Originally Posted by yuri (Post 1125480)
most people don't AC/cool their basements.:yes:

Agreed. Cold Air drops too, that could be a reason.

yuri 02-26-2013 06:00 PM

THat may be true. Do you really need AC for a basement? I assume most of them would be damp and cooler anyway?

TarheelTerp 02-26-2013 06:58 PM

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Originally Posted by yuri (Post 1125566)
Do you really need AC for a basement?

Since when does need have anything to do with codes?

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I assume most of them would be damp and cooler anyway?
Many areas REQUIRE air conditioning for finished basements.

yuri 02-26-2013 07:20 PM

Really? thats cool.:yes:

I wuz in Orlando Florida and yeah the humidity is unbelievable, don't forget Alaska is part of North America so I am actually a Southener too.:thumbup:

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willrod29 02-27-2013 08:52 AM

Thank you all for your input! I guess I will be looking for some electric baseboard heating. Although gas is a nice option, I don't think it would be possible without me breaking walls all over the place.

AllanJ 02-27-2013 09:21 AM

You can explore installing furnace ducts or forced hot water lines (whichever is applicable) to the basement room. This will generally result in a lower heating bill compared with electric baseboards or electric fan forced units.

The disadvantage is the need to set up separate zones (or open and close louvers upstairs) depending on when you want more heat downstairs.


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