I very much appreciate all the microheating resources on here. I am trying to figure out the best approach to make our house more comfortable and to heat more affordably this winter. We primarily heat with a propane ventless furnace—which is not performing the Full Wheaton, I know, but for now it is what I have. I hope to go much more fully Permie in the future, but with three little kids in this phase of life we make do with what we have.
If we can make it through the whole cold season on one tank of propane, without turning on the electric furnace, it is pretty affordable heating. Last year, we did not quite make it, and we had areas in our house that were fairly uncomfortable even as we ran the furnace pretty hot. I want to be more comfortable and to avoid turning on the electric furnace at all this year.
Our bedrooms (one for parents and two for our three kids) and master bath are the primary areas that don't get enough heat, so I am exploring my options to add heat to those areas and to improve distribution of the heat through the house. I'm thinking heated mattress pads for all beds is the first step, but we use those rooms quite a bit during the day too, and our kids (7YO, 5YO, 2YO) are obviously quite active. Stocking up each room with 3-4 different heating devices would probably bust my budget; anybody have an idea for a best bet for a single purchase for each room? Are there dog bed warmers or other floor heaters that are safe for use on hardwood?
The furnace is in the basement, at the foot of the stairs that open up into our main room, which has a lofted ceiling. That is one problem—we do have a ceiling fan there, so this year I need to actually clean it so I can leave it running essentially all the time. There is always plenty of heat near the furnace, so another piece of this will probably be improving heat distribution throughout the house with fans.