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One VERY cold room: Space heater options?

Posted by cgd1 (My Page) on
Wed, Dec 29, 10 at 11:03

I am looking for built-in supplemental heat options for one VERY cold room in our house. It is exterior walls on three sides and is on some sort of slab foundation. The room was formerly a breeze-way to the garage, but now has been enclosed and serves as both our breakfast room and main family entryway/mudroom. The room is approximately 10 x 12, but has very little actual wall space (lots of doors and windows, adding to the chill!)

Ideally, I'd put radiant floor heat in there, but I am not sure that is feasible, because we'd like to avoid having a threshold/elevation change between that room and the kitchen (both now have the same wood flooring). And of course putting in new flooring with heat would bust the budget, as well.

Does anyone have suggestions for another built-in supplemntal heating option that would work in this type of space? There is a built-in banquette seating area with storage below, so I was thinking perhaps a toe-kick or wall heater could be placed under there to blow cozy warm air on us while we are sitting at the table. And I have also seen mention of "cove heating" units that are mounted at the top of the wall, and I thought something like that could work...if not too unsightly.

Thanks for any advice.


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RE: One VERY cold room: Space heater options?

I suggest electric baseboard. We have this in our enclosed porch. Easy to install. Not expensive to buy.

If you also have trouble with the room being too hot in summer then consider spending the money for a mini split heat pump with supplemental electric heat


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RE: One VERY cold room: Space heater options?

I would second the motion on a mini split heat pump, because the actual workhorse sits outdoors on the ground and the condenser mounts high near the ceiling. I installed a Fujitsu model a few years back in my kitchen/dining room. You could barely hear it run. the air dehumidifies and cools in summer, and reverses action to heat in winter. It will sweep the heat flow or fix it across the room or down to the floor. The unit is a very efficient.
As an alternate heat choice without the summer cooling option, you might have a local gas company size the room to see if a Rinnai gas space heater would fit below one of the windows.


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