Tips for keeping your basement warm

Install basement vents depending on your system and the design of your home

If you use your basement space for more than storage, you may want to keep it warm during the chilly days of winter. However, keeping these spaces warm may be a challenge. Despite the earth’s natural insulation, which keeps your basement comfortable under moderate temperatures, this earthen insulation is not sufficient in the cold days of winter. Fortunately, there are a few tips that might help keep your basement warm and comfortable during the winter months. The first thing you need to do is to improve infrastructure. These improvements cost less over the long term. They also don’t involve an HVAC system overhaul or additional energy expenses. These improvements include sealing cracks and leaks in the basement structure. It would be best if your seal cracks in concrete walls and flooring and gaps surrounding doors and windows with the correct foam insulation, weather stripping, or caulk. Next, add more insulation. Cover your basement walls with rolls or spray foam insulation covered by paneling sheath or drywall for a warmer environment and a sleek, finished look. Replace dated, worn doors and windows with more energy-efficient options. If your basement doors and windows are broken, warped, or hold single-pane glass, replacing them with new, more efficient, triple or double-paned glass options that seal more effectively can make a noticeable difference. After these much-needed improvements are put in place, consider adding an HVAC system in your basement. Install basement vents depending on your system and the design of your home. Add underfloor heating to your basement floor. This addition will not only make your floor warmer but your furnishings and floor as well.

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