Best Heater by Room: Basement Heater

You would think it would be easy to choose a heater to put in your basement to make sure that it isn’t an ice box. It is harder for some basements to be heated because heat rises and the room is left to be cold.

Many times, people will put in a space heater to help generate some extra heat, but sometimes even the greatest space heater is not the best option.

Some of the most effective and energy efficient heaters you can use are electric wall heaters, baseboard heaters, or pellet stoves!

Electric Wall Heaters

Wall heater display

An electric wall heater is a perfect room heater that can fit into any room. An electric heater uses convection heat, which is beneficial to use in a basement. Because they don’t use ducts, there are no allergens being spread! Some of them even give your basement a more natural aesthetic because they have a display screen that makes it look as though you are burning a fire for warmth.

There are many benefits to using an electric heater, including:

  • Low initial cost
  • Low cost to use
  • Easy to install
  • Uses low amounts of power (Wattage)
  • Can paint the heater if desired to fit your style
  • Is children and pet safe because it is cool to the touch
  • Does not require a clean up because it is not burning anything
  • Can add a thermostat to the electric heater to control the temperature
  • Flat design makes the heater unnoticeable and out of the way
  • Some have a fire display to look as though a real fire is burning

While there are many advantages to electric wall heaters, some disadvantages include:

  • Have to buy the right heater for your room size (square footage) for correct power use
  • Takes a long time to initially heat up a room
  • Not all designs are flat on the wall and may stick out

Baseboard Heaters

Baseboard heaters are great go-to heaters for any room in your home, including your basement! Baseboard heaters are a perfect heater to use to help reduce heating costs and heat individual rooms.

Some of the advantages to baseboard heaters include:

  • Heater is out of the way on the floor or installed above baseboards on the wall
  • Perfect for hard to reach rooms, older homes, and compact rooms
  • Convection heat spreads efficiently
  • Can be portable and plug into any outlet
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Can control temperature with thermostat
  • Quiet when in use
  • Cool to the touch

Some of the disadvantages include:

  • Need to be at least 3 feet away from furniture or other possibly harmful objects, such as curtains
  • Have to buy the right heater for your room size (square footage) for correct power use
  • May not fit in with your other decor

Pellet Stove Heaters

Pellet stove heater

Pellet stove heaters are a great heater to have in the basement! These stand-alone units can heat large rooms up to 1750 square feet or more! Pellet heaters are unvented and burn pellets to help warm your space efficiently!

Some advantages of pellet heaters include:

  • Can easily heat large rooms
  • Have auto-pellet feeder systems so you can set the heater and forget it
  • Gives off a nice visual to have a fire
  • You can install it yourself, though, you might want to have some help

Some disadvantages include:

  • Have to build a stone or concrete hearth or platform because it cannot stand on a rug or wood
  • High initial and running cost (buying the pellets)
  • The heater and pellets take up a good amount of space
  • Have to clean the ash every couple of days
  • Must be vented outside (which means you may have to cut a hole in your wall)

There are so many different factors to compare when choosing the best heater for your basement! Make sure that you have enough room for whichever heater you choose, and make sure you know how much heat you need to keep your basement warm!

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Which basement heater would you choose?

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Recommended Reading

Convection or air-forced heaters work best for your bathroom. Before you buy your heater, make sure you know the amperage, voltage, and square footage you will need.

To heat your bedroom, you can choose between an electric wall heater and a baseboard heater. Consider the advantages and disadvantages of each type of heater before you make your purchase.

Your living room can benefit from an electric heater helping the central HVAC system. Make sure you install the right size heater for your room, or choose a portable option.

Danielle Abram
Danielle Abram

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