How to Warm Up a Cold Basement

A finished basement adds significant square footage to a home and offers endless possibilities for added living space. Yet there is often one problem – come wintertime, your basement can feel more like an ice box than a cozy place to hang out, work, or play.

Whether yours serves as a home office, gym, hobby room, rec room, or play area, you can warm it up without the cost and mess of a major renovation. Here are a few solutions to consider for adding warmth to your bonus space for year-round comfort.

Throw Down Area Rugs – Area rugs offer a quick and easy solution for adding instant warmth to cold basement floors. Look for one with a high-pile and nonslip base to keep it in place or add a rug pad which will also make the area rug feel extra plush underfoot.

Add Throw Blankets and Pillows – If you use your finished basement as a TV or media room, keep plenty of warm, fluffy blankets and throw pillows around so you can binge your favorite show or enjoy movie night while snuggled up under a soft fleece, knit, or sherpa-lined throw.

Use a Space Heater – One of the most economical ways to heat up any space is with a space heater. Choose a model designed to heat the square footage of the room in question. Place it on the floor away from any flammable objects, and always turn it off before leaving the room. Today’s space heaters offer whisper-quiet operation, adjustable thermostats, and safety features like automatic shut off should the unit tip over.

Consider an Electric Fireplace – Add instant ambiance and warmth with a built-in electric fireplace. Available in various sizes and styles, they can be wall-mounted, recessed, or semi-recessed.

Plug in a Portable Baseboard Heater – Similar to a space heater, the nearly silent operation and unobtrusive design make portable baseboard heaters a great solution to just about any chilly space.

Install Radiant Heat Flooring – If new flooring is on the horizon for your basement, consider adding a radiant floor heating system. Radiant heat warms people versus objects so you’ll enjoy the cozy comfort you desire at a fraction of the cost of a conventional heating system.

Go Ductless – A ductless air system (or ductless mini-split) can provide both heating and cooling from one sleek, quiet, and unobtrusive unit. In fact, a ductless air system can heat and cool just about any room in your home, including the garage, room addition, finished attic, and anywhere traditional heating or cooling is not possible.

Ready to make your basement the warm, inviting place you know it can be? Contact Pann Home Services for an assessment of your basement remodeling, heating, and cooling needs today.