Maybe, it’s time to upgrade your basement? Basement renovation is an excellent way to expand the usable square footage without adding an extra room. However, moisture and cold is tough enemies of any finished basement. You cannot avoid regular chills and dampness, but you can control them with the help of heating and humidity control systems. Check over here the reasons why your basement area is still cold.
Even if you don’t have active sources of water, the main problem most homeowners face with is the humidity of this area. Cool temperature in addition to humidity causes condensation, which leads to growth of mold, mildew and rot.
- Ground level cold
Below-grade walls, windows, ducts and vents act as “freeways” allowing cold air to cascade into your basement. Poorly-insulated dryer vent and duct chills basement more than an entire below-grade basement wall.
69 days behind
Winter months make spring in your basement very chilly. It’s not the snow accumulated on the ground near your basement walls have impact on basement temperatures. According to research, when snow exceeds 2 feet, basement temperature can start to be dramatically affected. It takes about 3 days to exterior foundation wall surfaces to react to changes in outside temperature. So, if your foundation wall is about 6 feet down, it takes about 69 days to catch up to open-air temperature. Your foundation walls are literally a season behind, transmitting those temperatures into a basement.
Upstairs solar heat gain
Do you have a single heating system for both the basement and upper level with the thermostat located upstairs? As a result, the temperature upstairs is higher as heat rises and congregates upstairs in addition to solar heat gain. If you have a pre-installed heating system that uses forced-air, it can be extended into the finished basement for additional heat. There’s a variety of available heating options, so, maybe, it’s worth trying out some alternative opportunities?
Imbalanced or poorly-sealing heating registers
Equal opening/closing of heating registers with the single zone heating system for upstairs and downstairs is a big mistake.
Depending on its location, each room has its own temperature and heating needs. For example, south-facing rooms experience more solar heat gain, while basement area need more heat.
Consider motorized opening and shutting registers on an hourly basis that are individually controlled by thermostat in each room. This helps to keep the whole system in better balance.