Top Reasons Why Your Basement Is So Cold
If you regularly utilize your basement, you’ve probably noticed that it’s significantly colder on this lower level than it is anywhere else in your home. And while you can add portable space heaters to your basement to help curb temperatures, that’s not the safest or most energy-efficient option you have for creating a more comfortable basement environment. What’s more, is dressing warmly or cuddling up in a blanket isn’t always feasible or convenient.
But before you can implement a solution to your cold basement, it’s first important to understand the reasons for why it’s colder than the rest of your home. Here’s a closer look at that and more:
Basements are damp by nature, and this dampness is largely caused by excessive moisture in the air. The more moisture in the air, the cooler a room or area is likely to become. Being that cold air is also heavier than warm air, it has a tendency to linger in the lowest levels of the home. An easy way to resolve this is by adding a dehumidifier to your lower level. Dehumidifiers remove excess moisture from the environment, which leads to warmer temperatures and also reduces the potential of mold and mildew growth. You’ll likely be surprised at just how much cool air a dehumidifier can trap in a basement.
Hot Air Rises
Think back to your middle school science class for a moment. Remember when you learned about how warm air rises? So even if you have a finished basement with ductwork and vents located throughout the living space, it’s still going to likely feel cooler than it will on the upper levels of your home because warm air entering it is leaving it to essentially head upstairs. There could also be other issues, like leaky ductwork, that could be contributing to heating inefficiencies in your basement.
Chances are your basement doesn’t have as many windows as the other areas of your home do. This doesn’t just mean that you’re getting less natural light in your lower level, but that you’re also likely not receiving the same amount of solar heat that other rooms in your home are. Furthermore, if you’re on a single-zone HVAC system, your thermostat isn’t likely to be reading the temperature in your basement when assessing temperature and when to heat the home.
Contact Guaranteed Heating & Cooling
If you’re tired of bringing a blanket to the basement every time you head downstairs, contact Guaranteed Heating & Cooling today, and we’ll help resolve your cold basement problem. From installing a dehumidifier in your basement for capturing cool air to extending ductwork to encourage better heating, we’ll detail the solutions we can provide to help your basement become more comfortable. Contact us today for more information!