Lotsapetsgarfhts wrote:I have to weigh in. Sometimes adding a vent is not the answer, it will depend on the furnace. We have a 3 story home and I thought just adding vents on each side of the basement would help. I was wrong because of the flow. I found a number problems in my case. The first being out basement is just cold I thought for sure glass block windows would help and it did some but it didn't. I also found that in order to heat the basement I had to readjust all the dampers in the vents and the third floor wasn't getting enough heat for my son. The other problem was the thermostat is on the middle floor and as long as it was warm enough the furnace had little effect on the basement. With that in mind I just have to live with heaters in the tanks. I think if I was going to operate a lot of tanks that required heat an additional heat source for the basement would be a must have. The upside to that would be that heat rises and the rest of the house would probably benifit from it.
jcunningham0295 wrote:Thanks for all the feedback. I do have a three story home and my thermostate is on the middle floor. As far as windows, for the section of my basement I am blocking off for my fish room I have an egress window I need to deal with as well. I appreciate all the comments as I am new to building a fish room and don't want to have to do things over again because they were done incorrectly the first time. I will plan on putting heaters in all my tanks, but I think I am going to have to get an additional heater to heat this space and make up for my furance. Down the road I planned on having 70+ tanks so I am trying to find out effcient ways to keep the tanks warm and not pay out an arm and a leg in electricity.
I do plan on putting up mositure barrier and then framing off the section and insulating it and then putting up paneling to finish it off. I also was going to put up a wall at the end with a slding door for access and to try and keep some heat in.
jcunningham0295 wrote:Down the road I planned on having 70+ tanks so I am trying to find out efficient ways to keep the tanks warm and not pay out an arm and a leg in electricity.
I do plan on putting up moisture barrier and then framing off the section and insulating it and then putting up paneling to finish it off. I also was going to put up a wall at the end with a slding door for access and to try and keep some heat in.
deeda wrote:I'll throw my 2 cents in here regarding insulating the basement walls.
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