The Problem: A Room That's Always Cold
Do you have a room in your house that's always cold? A portable electric space heater is the easiest solution, of course (for how to choose one, see 'Radiant or Convective Heat?' below). But portables have their drawbacks: They can burn the fingers of curious kids, and they're often unattractive obstacles. Larger models take up a lot of floor space and may overload an electrical circuit. If not used carefully, many portables become a fire hazard. This article describes other supplemental heating options, one of which might be the perfect solution to your chilly room. And check out these home energy conservation tips for the winter.
Are the Registers Open or Blocked?
Every furnace technician has a story about a cold room that was cured by opening a register or two. Don't make yourself the star of one of those stories. Rearranging the furniture or shoving a rug aside can also block airflow. And here's one reason you might actually want to close your heat registers.