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Search for best way to heat basement

Know there must be a thread somewhere with many pros/cons or a variety of methods,... Area in question would be around 500 sq feet, floor I'm leaning toward is tile, no worry's with water misadventures with tile and IT will hold up to wild cue ball shots... SOooo, Radiant was first thought but some say electric cost could be high.... My high efficiency furnace works great but ductwork balance is not, the ideal supply would be very difficult to tap into and reroute,(but not impossible).....
Have natural gas to house (furnace,dryer,stove)....
Basement would mostly be recreation use/mancave....
 
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Old 02-16-14, 03:27 PM
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When you say 'furnace', do you mean forced hot air? If so, wrong forum... I'll move you over to the correct forum if need be.

Radiant was first thought but some say electric cost could be high.
Must be a furnace, else you would be asking about 'hot water radiant'...
 
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I heat my finished basement with two small electric baseboards. Cheap to buy, cheap and easy to install. If your basement is below grade, like mine is, the temp stays fairly warm - mine never goes below 60*, even in winter. So, you don't need much to bring the temp up to a comfortable level. I can run mine for about 15 minutes, and the room is nice and toasty. Remember, you're not as exposed to the outdoor temp like you would be on an above-grade level. Note that I did frame and insulate the basement walls and ceiling, which certainly helps the cause.
 
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Yes, did say furnace (forced hot air) but do not think I,ll be able to tap into duct work,will cause worse balance than I already have. looking for an alternative.
 
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Doing the rigid-foam (2") all over, then frame and adding roxul that I will split (r15) to get r7 so I,ll have R17 total,plus pulling old fiberglass batt from rim and spraying two layers (2") that should be R20 according mfg. temps now are 59 with only old batts in rim. Sealed the supply duct and insulated all that. That did drop temp some,improved temps at most distant registers by 5 degrees at least. I guess once I get to that stage I,ll have good idea of lowest temperatures without any heat.
 
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Electric baseboard size ? Room size?

Cdbma, what size space are you heating??
 
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thanks

thanks to forum and this posters this one is needed me
 
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