Stop shiv­er­ing in that pesky cold room of your house

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Homespot - Broward East - - LIVING G SPACES - By Kathryn We­ber

Tri­bune Con­tent Agency In win­ter,

the tem­per­a­ture a room that al­ways seems chilly can dip 10 de­grees or more be­low the rest of the house. And if the room is used of­ten, crank­ing up the ther­mo­stat can make the rest of the house feel steamy. Thank­fully, it doesn’t take a ma­jor re­work of your heat­ing sys­tem or a risky space heater to make a cold room both toasty and at­trac­tive.

Some rooms suf­fer more from cold floors than sim­ply cold air. Th­ese are typ­i­cally bath­rooms and kitchens with stone or tile floors. An easy way rem­edy is to add toe-kick heaters. Th­ese are small heat­ing units that fit neatly in the space un­der a cab­i­net, where they’re nearly in­vis­i­ble. If you’re handy, you might be able to in­stall the heaters your­self. Such units run about $150, ex­clud­ing wiring and in­stal­la­tion. They’re con­trolled by a small ther­mo­stat on the wall.

Un­der-car­pet heat­ing is another handy op­tion. Car­petHeat by SpeedHeat­ing is a prod­uct that goes be­tween the car­pet and pad­ding. Us­ing thin wires, the unit heats the room from the ground up. A sep­a­rate ther­mo­stat at­tached to the wall con­trols the tem­per­a­ture. At around $600 and up (plus another $200 for a ther­mo­stat), th­ese units are not in­ex­pen­sive, but of­fer an ef­fi­cient way to heat a room un­ob­tru­sively. (Speed­ touch, is an elec­tric fire­place. The Touchs­tone Onyx 50-inch fire­place is black and rec­tan­gu­lar, mak­ing a great vis­ual state­ment on the wall whether it’s glow­ing or not. The em­bers look re­al­is­tic ($349, Ama­zon. com). Many wall-mounted elec­tric units are plug-in ready and come with timers and re­mote con­trols, so you can boost the tem­per­a­ture at the touch of a but­ton.

No room on the wall? Choose from a wide va­ri­ety of free­stand­ing fire­places and stoves. De­signed to fit with al­most any decor, elec­tric fire­places are avail­able in ev­ery­thing from a tra­di­tional stove look to units with man­tel­pieces and faux stonework. Some gen­er­ate ac­tual flames us­ing a gel fuel, or faux elec­tric flames. Gel fire­places are a bet­ter op­tion for looks than warmth. To ban­ish a chill, an elec­tric fire­place does a bet­ter job.

Ceil­ing fans can be used for both heat­ing and cool­ing. The Westover fan from Hunter fea­tures a heater. By re­vers­ing the blade di­rec­tion, the fan forces warm air down and cir­cu­lates it around the room (Hun­ter­fan. com). You can also add ra­di­ant heat­ing pan­els on the ceil­ing of a chilly room. Th­ese units are un­ob­tru­sive and cost be­tween $200 and $500, de­pend­ing on size (

. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Kathryn We­ber through her Web site,­lo­tuslet­ter. com.

(c) 2013 Kathryn We­ber. Dis­trib­uted by Tri­buneCon­tent Agency, LLC.

In win­ter, the tem­per­a­ture a room that al­ways seems chilly can dip 10 de­grees or more be­low the rest of the house.

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