3 Basement Floor Heating Options

A basic basement.

Basement floor heating choices can make the space much more comfortable. It also reduces basement humidity and moisture, which can lead to mold or fungus and subsequent asthma and allergies. Here are some basement floor heating options to consider.

1. Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating

Hydronic radiant basement floor heating uses hot water to heat the floor. A boiler heats the water. The hot water is circulated through the floor in plastic pipes which have been installed directly in the concrete. The warmth from the hot water seeps through the concrete and heats the basement.

The temperature in different areas of your basement can be controlled with a single thermostat that controls the flow of heated water to various individual tubing circuits in each basement zone.

This type of basement floor heating is very expensive to install, but it can be placed in established homes just as easily as new homes. A licensed installer must put hydronic radiant floor heating in your basement. It’s not a job for a DIY enthusiast.

2. Electric Radiant Basement Floor Heating

This type of flooring can be installed by a DIY homeowner. It is installed directly under most types of flooring, including carpet, wood, tile, and stone. Manufacturers typically suggest that a licensed electrician complete the final electrical hook-up. No other special skills are required. No special tools or previous electric radiant floor heating installation experience are required.

WarmlyYours electric radiant heating systems are ultra-thin; they can be installed by the DIY homeowner or floor covering professional. No special tools or prior installation experience is required.

All you need is a WarmlyYours radiant roll and a simple thermostat control. Final electrical hook-up should be performed by a licensed electrician. The cost is significantly less than that of hydronic radiant floor heating. It's important to make sure your home meets the electrical requirements to run electric radiant basement floor heating.

A dedicated 15-amp or 20-amp circuit is recommended by most manufacturers. It can usually be completed in less than 2 hours by a licensed electrician.

3. Floor Heating Mats

Floor heating mats are another option. Most models have cables that provide an even spread of heat, so it's guaranteed that there are no hot or cold spots. A fabric backing underneath the heating cables reduces the chance of the mat slipping.

Floor heating mats are very thin. For DIY homeowners, they're available with only one connection cable for easy installation. Floor heating mats create no electromagnetic field. Some sort of covering must be applied over the mats. It's possible to use a large, thick throw rug. Floor heating mats provide enough heat to pass through a thick tile.

These three basement floor heating options should be considered when deciding how to heat your basement. Each offer different positives, which you should weigh.