I have a 100 year old colonial in MA with one room on the 2nd floor
with no heat source. Nothing. No radiator, no baseboard heater - it
was just built w/o heat.
The room is about 12 x 10, my wife uses it for her changing room/giant
closet. We keep the door open to get heat from the hallway, but it is
always 10-15 degrees colder than the rest of the house.
How can I get heat in this room without going broke? I am thinking
single baseboard heater with it's ownn thermostat - does something like
that exist? Can it be plugged into a wall outlet or does it need to be
hard wired into the main box?
Thoughts or suggestions are appreciated.
How is the rest of the house heated? If you have forced-air heat,
that's easier to tap into than if it's a water or steam system. But
for a quick easy fix, an inexpensive electric heater with blower should
easily suffice to raise the temp of a small room 10 or 15 degrees. If
it's only a matter of comfort while changing, you could put your
plug-in heater on a timer (the heavy-duty kind) and have it just go on
for an hour or two in the morning.
The rest of the house is oil fired FHW into radiators...not really
feasible to tap a radiator into this room.
I know elec is expensive - what are my alternatives? Buring scrap wood
in a trash barrel?
If anyone can suggest a plug in/hard wired baseboard heater with its
own thero, let me know.
You're obviously enamored of baseboard heaters. Go ahead, but no one is
going to recommend it.
If I wasn't going to do it right, I'd simply put a fan in the doorway floor,
to blow the cold floor air into the warm area.
What kind of heat do you have in the rest of the house?
How close is the nearest existing heat source?
How well is this room insulated? Does it have windows?
If it's just a walk-in closet, why do you care if it's a little
cool? What are the adjacent room(s)? what, if anything,
is above it?
If it's a 100 year old colonial, my guess is that it's
got very little insulation above and around it, and
a leaky old window. So I'd start by cutting a foam
insert to plug the window(s), and drop fiberglass
in the attic over it. Only then should you look into
extending the existing heating system.
I don't know if this would work, but how about one of those radiant heat
lamps that are used in bathrooms of fancy hotels? The only time it seems
that you will ned to heat the room is when your wife is in there. So, she
could turn on the light and heat lamp while using the room (in the winter),
then turn both off when leaving.
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