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Heating options for basements

Q. Because of concrete walls and carpet over a cold concrete floor, it is difficult to heat our semi-basement bedrooms and bath. Is there some kind of supplementary heating other than space heaters that will make these rooms warmer? We have hot-water heat. A reader Boulder, Colo.

A. Consider electric radiant-heating panels, which can be installed directly on the ceiling in each room and connected to the electric panel. Each room could have its own thermostat.

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Get in touch with a reputable electrical contractor who specializes in this type of system. Ask him to inspect the rooms and give you a specific method and price.