In order to keep a basement warm, you will need to add a few amenities to it. By adding insulation, carpet and sealing the cracks throughout the basement walls and floor, you will help to winterize it and provide appropriate heating for the inside. This will make it easier to bear the harsh winter months.
Inspect the basement. Make a list and take a walk-through to see what needs improvement. Check for insulation, cracks or holes. Inspecting the basement will give you a plan of action to follow and show you what to add or improve to make it warmer in the wintertime.
Begin with adding insulation and sealing holes. Insulation gives the walls thickness to help seal the temperature within the room and prevent moisture. Because the basement could remain the least used area in a home, it may not have adequate insulation. The Lowes.com and Energysavers.gov websites have tips and suggestions for the right type of insulation, how much and where to place it.
Seal up the holes and cracks. Every room has a few cracks in the walls and ceilings, around windows or doors. This allows outside air to enter, so you want to seal them up with weatherized stripping or caulk. Lowes.com and Energystar.gov gives you detailed information to guide you in winterizing your basement.
Put carpet or rugs on the floor. Typically, a basement has hardwood or cemented floors. You might want to consider placing carpet on top of it to give the floor warmth. If it has hardwood floors, you could add rugs throughout the basement floor. Plus, it will feel good to your feet.
Use heaters. If you prefer not to add vents for central heat in the basement, you can choose to use space or baseboard heaters. The baseboard heater will run along the baseboard of the floor to provide heat. Once you make it warmer, you can turn it into a playroom, office or perhaps an extra bedroom.