Your basement is a treasure trove of space that you can utilize for a multitude of things. Playroom, craft room, man cave; the possibilities are endless. But when the cold temperatures of winter hit, your basement may not be very comfortable anymore. Here are some tips for keeping your basement warm in winter so you can make use of your extra space all year long.
Losing heat in your basement is not only inconvenient, but it could also be costing you more money on your energy bills. Adding insulation could help turn your basement into a warmer space for your family while saving you money. If your basement is unfinished, blanket or foam board insulation is a good option. Spray foam would work for an already constructed room. The initial investment, along with installation, may seem steep, but you’ll save a significant amount of money down the line, plus you’ll gain the use of space that you might otherwise avoid in the winter. Don’t forget to check your crawl space to be sure it’s properly insulated as well.
If your basement has concrete or tile flooring, that may be contributing to the cooler temperatures. Installing carpeting, at least in the most used parts of your basement, can add warmth and comfort. Even a large plush area rug would make a difference.
Old, cracked or single pane windows in your basement can cause warm air to escape and let cold air in, lowering the temperatures and costing you more money on your energy bill. Consider replacing your basement windows with Energy Star certified windows.
Add a Heating Vent
If you don’t have an existing heating vent in your basement, consider tapping into your ductwork to add one. Installation is best left to the professionals when adding vents.
If you have any questions about improving the comfort level in your basement this winter, contact L&M Heating and Cooling, we can help!