Amazing products for every basement
Most people take the basement for granted until they buy a new house without one. They can’t store everything in the garage and the house may not have an attic too. If you are lucky enough to have a basement, use the extra space wisely.
Decide what to keep there and what to store in the garage. Keep in mind basements tend to get damp. Your old photos and books will get damaged if you keep them there. You may keep holiday decorations and large kitchen supplies but store in properly labeled bins.
If dampness is damaging your walls, the best solution is to buy a dehumidifier. An average dehumidifier is the size of a small refrigerator. You can keep it in your garage but the basement is where it’s best suited to stay.
Humidifiers work in two ways. Some work like refrigerators. They draw in the warm, moist air in your house using a fan and force it through refrigerants that condense the moisture. Cooler, moist-free air leaves the device and gets back to your house.
If you leave in a cold moist area, chances are you would want a warmer home. A different type of dehumidifier absorbs the cold air in your house and removes the moisture like a sponge. It sucks the moistness using silica gels or other materials. The air leaves the dehumidifier without moist and warmer than before.
When buying a humidifier, how it works and the amount of moisture it removes are the two most important things to check. Dehumidifiers with pumps are the best rated units out there and can remove up to 70 pints of water per minute. Regular units are less effective and may cost more.
Tank Water Heater
Some states have regulations of where you should install a water heater. In general, the garage and the basement are recommended. You are also advised to install the often large device next to an external wall but close to your faucets. That is because the water loses heat the more it travels through pipes.
Additional installation requirement includes keeping the heater near a drain to prevent leakage-related disasters. Water heaters are powered by either gas or electricity. Gas powered heaters are difficult to install and may require a professional. Their electric counterparts tend to be bigger in size but less energy efficient.
A house that loves barbecue has one or two BBQ grills. Some have more while others invest in one great appliance. While the grills are most useful during the summer, that doesn’t mean you can’t grill in the winter. Simply buy the right appliance and have fun grilling at any moment.
Grilling aside, you need good storage for the appliance if you want it to last until the following summer. And that’s where the basement comes in. BBQ grills can be stored in a number of ways depending on their design. They also need to be cleaned thoroughly before storage.
Some people shudder at the thought of installing a washing machine in the basement. But is it wrong? Poor lighting, damp and lack of space are the biggest reasons that shun most people from the basement. Install good lighting if there are no windows or vents. Install an air conditioner and ensure you have a dehumidifier for the dampness.
You’ll never dread at the thought of doing your laundry in the basement. If anything, you’ll forever enjoy the pristine atmosphere of a properly lit room at home. Storing the unit in the basement also saves your family the noise created by some machines.
You save space in your hallway or anywhere else you had previously installed the unit. If you have kids, having the washing machine in the basement will be lifesaving. Kids don’t have to dirty your living room with clothes because they have a specific room for it.
Basement Air Conditioners
With no windows and lots of items stored down there, you may want to buy an air conditioner for the basement. A good air conditioner cools the basement during the summer and warms it in winter. The devices work differently so you may want to do proper research.
The primary goal is to find an air conditioner that can freshen the air down there. But you may also want to get a device that is easy to install and multifunctional. Consistency in performance is highly important. Otherwise, you will only have bought a device that works sometimes and fails at other times.
If you love energy efficient devices, go for an energy saving air conditioner. The most energy saving products are Star-certified and will usually have great energy efficiency rating. The ability to dehumidify, a control panel that lets you personalize the machine and price are other considerations.
A Space Heater
Cold, damp, poor ventilation-why wouldn’t you want a space heater in your basement? You probably plan to install the washing machine down there. You can’t work properly if the temperatures are intolerable anyway.
Space heaters cost as low as $40 and can help you turn an unlivable basement into an extra bedroom. With proper lighting and an air conditioner, you could make the basement your home office too. Irrespective of how you use the basement, buy a good space heater.
A device with a large fan will distribute heat more quickly. A bigger heater will probably dissipate heat to a wide area. Depending on your budget, you can find a device that warms up the room in a minute. Start by looking at the size. A larger heater is better if your basement is also large.
Even of bigger importance is a control panel that helps you control the device. Buy a heater with a safety button or one that disconnects if the room heats up beyond a certain degree. Also, check that the heater is lab tested and that its’ power cables are in good quality. You don’t want a device that could cause fire accidents at home.
If you’ve been thinking about utilizing the extra space in your basement, start by making it habitable. Buy a dehumidifier, an air conditioner and probably a space heater. Install your washing machine down there or convert the basement into a home office.
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