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Unheated basement, cold main floor, hot 2nd floor
I am hoping that you all won't mind sharing some wisdom and might have some advice for me.
We own a townhouse/condo in TN, and our home is attached to one other unit. Our basement (which we don't own and have no regular access to) is beneath both townhouse units and is 1,000 sq ft of unheated cinder block on a slab foundation, with no insulation in the ceiling above.
We have forced electric heat, furnace is 2 years old. The furnace is on the 2nd floor, thermostat is on the main floor. In cold months our thermostat will be set at 72 F, and the 2nd floor will reach 10 - 12 degrees higher making it very hot up there and the floor of our main level is too cold to walk on without shoes. It is a long, uncomfortable winter.
I am trying to find a solution to balance the temperature in our house. This is quite a small townhome and there is no place to put a furnace on the first floor, and we do not own our attic space so are unable to install a 2nd zone heating unit up there (which has been suggested). We are not permitted to add heat in any way to the basement which is like an icebox in winter, of course affecting the temperature on our main floor.
To add extra complications, we not only have three outside walls but the unit attached to us has been and will continue to be empty (the owner has moved out of state and is not renting out her townhouse) and is not heated over the winter.
I am so tired of being cold and uncomfortable and we are in a bad situation. We are currently trying to update our house so that we can sell it and want to see if we can do something to even out the temperature here through the Spring.
We are currently updating our main floor half-bath and I wondered if adding radiant floor heating would help at all, even just in that small room, although we have that unheated basement below. We are also going to be updating our small kitchen and would add radiant floor heating to that space as well if it would help make that room more tolerable.
Your thoughts and opinions would be so appreciated. I am at a loss as to what to do. Thank you so much for any help you can offer.
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