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Supplemental Heat for Nursery

Hi all,

My husband and I moved into a 100 year old home about a year ago.  We made it through one RI winter so far with a baby, but we're looking to make improvements this winter to reduce our heating bill.  Here are the facts:

- We live in a 3 story home, master, nursery and 1 yr old daughters bedrooms are on second floor

- We have gas powered steam radiators

- We have only ONE zone, thermostat is in the living room that heats up the fastest (closest to boiler)

- The living room is open to the staircase that goes up three floors, so the heat was filling the living room and then running all the way up to the third floor before the living room maintained a decent tempreature.  We put up a shower curtain in the winter to keep the heat in the living room.

- Plumber told me adding a seperate zone to my current system would be close to impossible without spending $$$$$$

Here's our main issue.  We don't want to heat the whole house at night, but our daughter and new baby on the way should have a decent sleeping tempreature of ideally 68.  So, rather than shutting each valve before we go to bed, I was hoping to put in some supplemental heating into my 1 yr old's bedroom and new baby's bedroom.  I don't feel comfortable using portable space heaters, even though I've read there are safe ones that have auto shut off when they tip over.  I still feel nervous that something could go wrong.

So, I believe my options are electric baseboard heaters or cove heaters.  Tempreature regulation and safety are my main concerns with ease of installation and saving $ on operation and installation not far behind.  Are there any perfect solutions out there for me?

Thanks for the advice!

Re: Supplemental Heat for Nursery


The best thing that you can do is bite it and have separate zones setup. Talk with multiple plumbers/Pipe Fitters/HVAC Specialists. Anything can be done. You will be way ahead in the long run. Electric heat is very expensive to operate, with very little warmth. I grew up in a Victorian house that had open faced natural gas heaters in each room on the 2nd and 3rd floor. My wife & I live in a big 3 story, 130 year old, Victorian house, and we have a single natural gas forced air furnace for each floor. On each floor for each furnace, we have each room separated in its own zone.

There is nothing easy about HVAC installation if done properly. It is a little messy, but it cleans up, and in the long run, the air inside the house is nice and clean.


Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

Re: Supplemental Heat for Nursery

You expect a home built fifty or hundred years ago to struggle to provide consistent and comfortable temperatures. However, the problem isn’t limited to older homes. Even new homes with modern HVAC units can suffer similar problems. 

Ductless mini-split system can provide ideal solutions, so you maintain air conditioning comfort throughout your home. At any given time, every room in the house can have a different heating and cooling need. Ductless mini-split systems are the perfect solution to this problem, and installation is a breeze. 

A ductless mini-split system allows you to divide your house into different temperature control zones. You will enjoy this system even more, since each unit has its own thermostat.

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