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Choosing a space heater for your basement doesn’t have to be difficult. Focus on these primary aspects about a space heater you’re considering to determine whether it’ll be a good fit (check out the list of the best space heaters for basements if you still haven’t found a model for consideration).
First off, remember that most basements tend not to be very spacious. That means you’ll want a space heater that’s closer to the smaller side of things than a larger heater. Smaller and portable heaters can often provide the same heating power as a larger appliance depending on their heating method and power supply.
The bottom line is that you should look for a space heater that is large enough to warm the entire square footage of your basement without too much difficulty.
Speaking of portability, you’ll want to find a unit that is easy enough to move downstairs to your basement. Otherwise, it will be a real pain in your neck to get it where it needs to go. Look for a space heater that includes wheels or handles and that isn’t too heavy to carry by yourself. You may also need to move it out of your basement if you ever move houses or replace it. Keep portability in mind before you pick something too heavy for comfort.
Heaters come in three main types.
- Fan-forced heaters spread warmth throughout your room by using a fan to spread warm air around physically. This provides immediate heat and can even move warm air across longer distances than most other heater types. These also make much more noise and can often cost more to run, however.
- Oil-filled heaters are fantastic for hitting smaller spaces. They tend to be very energy-efficient and are super quiet compared to fan-forced heaters. These do take a little longer to warm up overall, however, so it’s best to use them by turning them on before you head down to spend significant time in the space.
- Infrared heaters use invisible infrared light like the sun emits. This heats any objects that the infrared light touches, but it takes much longer and is most effective for objects or people close in proximity to the main heater. Infrared heaters are also energy-efficient compared to fan-forced heaters.
Any of these types can work for your basement. Go with a fan-forced heater if you have a larger basement and work your way down to infrared if your square footage is less.
Easy to Maintain
Finally, make sure to get a space heater that’s easy to maintain. This will prevent you from having to constantly rework its components or call for repairs. In the winter, the last thing you want is your space heater dying in the middle of a frigid night.