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I had an embedded electric floor heater in my basement on concrete. The builder put it in to "take the edge off" and then put laminate flooring over the subfloor with the heating. What I think might be relevant to your situation was that the heat felt quite different than it did in the washroom where they used tile. It still made the room warmer overall ...


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I'm currently storing 9 240VAC 500 watt radiant (or infrared) panels; not sure if I'll use them or not, but they certainly exist in the US market. Mine were taken out and replaced with an oil-fired boiler as a less expensive source of heat. The space they were in had at least a 10 ft ceiling and they were ceiling-mounted, and quite effective, just expensive ...


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It is terrible, shorten the curtains. This is like putting a towel over traditional vents. You are paying to warm up the curtains and probably getting a small fraction of the actual heat the radiator should be dispersing. But you will have warm curtains!


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A "freeze protection outlet" will let you plug a small heater (and/or alarm) in, and will only activate if the temperature dips to a dangerous level. You can also use heat tape around any pipes that are likely to freeze, and insulate any pipes in under-insulated areas. Finally, not all thermostats have an off setting. Compare this Honeywell thermostat, ...


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In 1982 I had a somewhat similar problem while renting an upstairs apartment. Our downstairs neighbors had the thermostat in their apt and used to leave for the weekend and turn the thermostat down when they left. I investigated the furnace in the basement and found the wire to the thermostat, patched into it in parallel with a thermostat mounted on the wall ...


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Go buy a new filter. They are shrink wrapped in plastic. Pop it in, come cooling season you have fresh filter waiting for you.


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