Basement Heating/a/c

Old 01-01-03, 08:19 AM
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Question Basement Heating/a/c

I have baseboard heating(hot water) through out my House. And Forced air A/C. (i live in South Jersey)

1. Should i put baseboard in the basement,or something cheaper like Electric baseboard. Or if you have any suggestions?

2. Do i need to put A/C in the Basement, because that is going to be a problem. My unit is up in the Attic. Will a dehumidifier be OK
Old 01-01-03, 09:03 AM
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Why pay for electricity since you already have a great heating system that can be added on to. If you can do the plumbing, I'd stay with the hot water system. If you feel that you need to hire a plumber, this may still be the better option due to high electric bills. Placing the basement on it's own zone would be best and then it can be controlled accordingly and reduce the need for the boiler to be on for longer periods. . Sometimes tying into an existing zone, like the bedrooms may be the best for the lower level.

On the other hand, installing electric by a DIY'er may be feasible but I recommend a 220v units, not 110v - it will use less electricity. You really have to access the cost of these units and if your current panel can accommodate the breakers. In addition, you need to determine how much heat you want down there and then size the needs of how many units you will have to have. This could get costly.

Not really knowing how your basement is now, the need for A/C during the summer may not be needed. Normally the lower level is cooler and just using a dehumidifier would be sufficient to maintain the cool temps down there.

Hope this helps and Happy New Year!

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