If you live in an older home with a basement, you may be faced with the question of what heating system to choose. There are four main types of heating systems to consider: radiant heat, forced air, hot water, and electric baseboard. They are the most common type used for basements because they provide plenty of warmth without raising humidity levels.
1. Radiant Heat
Radiant heat is the easiest heating system to install, and almost everyone has experience with it. It’s also the least efficient, but many homeowners like its ease of use.
2. Forced Air
This is another efficient heating system that uses fresh air to circulate throughout the home through ducts. If you have a large basement or crawlspace, this is probably your best choice. However, if the ductwork passes many walls, it may be challenging to install correctly where needed. Also, the ductwork may not be strong enough to handle a load of heavy equipment or furniture.
3. Hot Water
Hot-water heating is an efficient, safe choice. If you have a large basement or crawlspace, you’ll likely need it to heat those areas and the home’s central location. You can also choose to install a wall-mounted unit for added convenience and safety, but it may be challenging to locate a place for this relatively bulky unit in your home. For water heater installation in El Paso, TX, contact Highridge Home Services & Construction.
4. Electric Baseboard
Electric baseboard heat is another safe, efficient choice. It is the most versatile heating system because you can install individual units wherever you need them. This way, you can use the least amount of energy possible to heat your home and instead use more on other things like lighting or security systems.
The best heating option for your basement depends on how much work you’re willing to put into installing and maintaining a system. If you want a quick, easy solution that won’t cost much money, we highly recommend radiant heat, but if you’re willing to put some time and effort into it, these other options are great for basements. For AC maintenance and repair, heating installation and repair, duct cleaning, and water heater installation and maintenance in El Paso, TX, contact HighRidge Home Services & Construction today.