When you think of floor heating, you likely think about the main floors of your home. What you may not consider are your basement floors and how they can be heated as well. This is especially important if you are converting your basement into a living area like an entertainment room or apartment. If you are considering the ways to keep your basement warm, and floor heating is an option, consider the following things you should know.
Types of Floor Heating
There are two types of floor heating to consider for your basement project. The first is electrical floor heating. This type of heating is said to not be the sole heating option for the room. This is ideal option if you are converting the room to an entertainment area or apartment that will have a small heating unit or other heat source and you just want to boost that heat during really cold months.
Hydroponic heating is the other option you will have. As the name suggests, these floor heating system uses water to heat rather than electricity. However, this option is usually considered to be for a full home option and not smaller spaces. This isn't a set-back necessarily. There are some floor heating installation specialists who can adapt this option for basements and other areas of the home like garages and home extensions.
If you or a family member has severe allergies, the option of basement floor heating may be ideal. Consider that, with traditional heating systems, the heating system would transfer dust and debris from the house into the air vents. Basements can collect a lot of that dust and debris which can make it difficult on someone with allergies. A floor heating option reduces the need to operate the heating system in the home and reduces the transfer of those allergens into the air and back into the basement. Another consideration is that a heating system may raise the heat to the level that is not good for asthmatic patients and can trigger an asthma reaction.
You may be concerned that to install floor heating options you will have to have the basement floor ripped up or replaced. The truth is, there are other options you may not be considering. For example, electrical floor heating does not have to be placed under the basement floor. Some options will allow the installation to be placed in the joists of the room instead. This still gives the full heating that a in floor option would, without causing construction set-backs or floor replacement.
These are just three of the things you should know about floor heating. If you are ready to have floor heating installed in your basement, consider a consultation with a local floor heating specialist for a price estimate and installation options.Share