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The Main Reasons Why Your Basement is So Cold

The Main Reasons Why Your Basement is So Cold

If you spend a lot of time in your basement, you might notice that this space is much colder than the rest of your home. This may then lead you to wonder why. There could be a few different reasons for this. Read on to learn the main reasons why your basement can feel so cold

Moisture

One of the most common reasons why your basement feels colder than the rest of your home is because of the amount of moisture that is in the air. The more moisture that is in the air, the colder the space may feel. It is very common for basements to feel damp and have more moisture than the upper floors. Simply adding a dehumidifier in your basement can help to remove excess moisture from the air. This can help your space to feel warmer and help prevent moisture-related problems, such as mold and mildew growth. 

Hot Air Rises

Another reason why your basement feels colder is because hot air rises. This means that the highest floor of your home is going to naturally feel warmer than the basement floor in your home, no matter what you attempt to do. Even if you have a finished basement with ductwork and vents throughout, that hot air your furnace pumps through your space can quickly rise to your first floor and escape the basement. As such, you may want to consider using a space heater, if needed. 

One of the most common reasons why your basement feels colder than the rest of your home is because of the amount of moisture that is in the air. The more moisture that is in the air, the colder the space may feel.

Solar Heat

The final reason why your basement may feel colder than your main floor during the winter months has to do with solar heat. While the sun is shining through in your main floor, and naturally heating up your space, your basement doesn't get the same treatment. It usually gets far less sunlight and far less solar heat. If you are on a single zone heating system, this will confuse your thermostat and make it think that the house is warm even though the basement could be 10 degrees colder than the first floor. Using a dual-zone heating system can help to ensure your basement is heated to the same temperature as your first floor. 

When your basement feels cold, it may prevent you from wanting to spend time in this space. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can help to heat up the space safe and effectively, allowing you to use it year round. Are you looking to solve your chilly basement woes? Call Guaranteed Heating & Cooling today and let us help you make the space warmer.