We all know that heating a basement is absolutely key, especially in the winter. Adequate heating doesn’t just keep the basement warm, it also dries up that extra moisture and prevents problems like mold. This article will look at the pros and cons of two different, but very popular, heating systems: ceramic heaters and baseboard heaters.
Ceramic Heater: Ins and Outs
Relatively new to the market, ceramic space heaters only cost around 30 to 60 dollars and they consume far less energy than traditional heating systems. They work by running electricity through a ceramic plate, which then conducts heat to aluminum baffles; a fan inside the heater then blows out the warm air.
The main problem with ceramic heaters is their small size, which is great for their cost and portability, but means that they won’t do a good job heating up an entire basement. Ceramic heaters are better used to heat a small area, such as a desk or chair area.
Baseboard Heater: Ins and Outs
Baseboard heaters are long, thin strips that can run on electricity or be powered by hot water. They need to be placed underneath a window. They work by drawing cold air in through the bottom and blowing hot air out the top.
Unlike ceramic heaters, baseboard heaters can provide heat for a much greater area, but they also come at a higher cost and consume much more energy, although this can be alleviated if the heater has a programmable thermostat. You also have to be careful to keep your furniture positioned away from the baseboard heaters to prevent fire.