What type of heating system should I use in the basement?

Asked by Michael A
Finksburg, MD

We are remodeling our Basement in Maryland zip code 21048. A B-Dry system was installed with two sub pumps and two air circulating fans over 192 linear feet total finished basement area about 1300-1500 sq feet. The walls are being restudded, new insulation will be hung, dry wall ceiling installed with LED light recessed lighting. Previously - there were several basebaord heating units installed with two zones. The flooring will be stripped down to the concret base. What type of heating system should I use in the basement? There is a double sliding door, several small windows and the area will be used for a Craft Room, Play Area and Second Living Room. No Bedrooms will be in the area. Tile or Lamanet will be placed on the floor. Should I go with Baseboard Heating or is there a soultion that can use solar to heat up the hot water for the baseboard units? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


Answered by Erik Henry

Brownsburg, IN

ELH Construction LLC

November 28, 2012


There is always the option of forced air furnace and heat pump.

I prefer radiant floor heat in the basement. You can use electric radiant heat or hydro radiant heat under stone or tile. You can use Solar heated water in the radiant system as well as pre heating your domestic hot water.

The baseboard heaters are the most inefficient.

You should contact a solar contractor in your area.


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