How You Can Make Your Basement Warmer

How You Can Make Your Basement Warmer
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    Spending time in your basement at this time of year can be a real pain.

    You have to crank up the heat, dress up in layers and cover yourself in blankets any time that you want to nestle onto the couch and watch your favorite show — and you still find yourself shivering.

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You might as well be sitting outdoors. Is there anything that you can do to make it warmer?

Tackle the Dampness

There are two major reasons that your basement is the coldest spot in the house. First, warm air travels upward, and cold air travels downward. So, naturally, the below-grade levels of your home will be chillier.

Second, moisture amplifies cold. The basement floors and walls collect more moisture through the foundation, which makes them feel colder.

So, one way that you can make your basement warmer is to keep moisture at bay. How? Start by hiring a local contractor for basement waterproofing and going over the potential improvements that you can make to the interior and exterior of your home.

They can offer services like adding vapor barriers, sealing foundation cracks and installing drainage systems to limit the amount of moisture that enters your basement.

By limiting the moisture, you can help your basement stay warm and dry, no matter the time of year.

Seal Up Air Leaks

Cold air leaks will ruin your indoor temperature, especially for the lowest level of your house. So, you need to make an effort to caulk your windows and exterior doors to keep the winter chill outside where it belongs.

This is not just for the windows and exterior doors in your basement — you need to repeat this with every window and exterior door in the house.

Fix the Floors

You can feel how frigid the flooring is, even when you’re wearing your thickest pair of winter socks or your fluffiest slippers. So, what can you do to make it warmer? You have a few options.

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You can install rigid foam insulation subflooring — this will be an effective thermal layer between the foundation and your flooring.

You can install an in-floor radiant heating system. The system heats up your flooring from below, using a series of tubes connected to a heat source. This can heat up your floor to a comfortable temperature so that it’s easy to walk across, no matter how cold it is outside.

Another option is carpeting. It’s cozy, convenient and very warm. If you don’t want to invest in wall-to-wall carpeting, get some area rugs instead!

Address Your Furnace

Check to see whether your furnace is in good shape. A furnace that’s in need of repair won’t be running efficiently, which means that it won’t give your basement the heat that it desperately needs. So, have a professional give it a check-up before the weather gets too cold.

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You should also get in the habit of replacing your furnace filter! During the winter, you should put in a fresh filter every month. This will help your furnace run better and keep you nice and toasty.

Follow these tips and make your basement a cozy escape during the coldest times of the year!

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