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!