Solution 2: Duct-Booster Fans
If you have forced-air heat, you can take advantage of several types of duct booster fans that are designed to increase the flow of warm (or cool) air through your ducts into a problem room. In-line duct booster fans fit inside standard-size metal ducts. You mount the blower near the outlet end of a duct and then install a pressure switch (some models have one built in), which senses air pressure from the furnace and turns on the booster fan whenever the furnace or A/C blower turns on. Some in-line duct boosters simply plug into an available outlet, while other models are hard-wired. Cheaper units can be noisy, so it’s worth buying a quality model with a powerful motor and heavier gauge housing. In-line duct booster fans retail for $30 to $150.
A ‘register’ booster fan is much easier to install. Depending on the model, it either sits on top of or replaces a floor or wall register grille, and plugs into an outlet. A built-in thermostat switches on when the furnace operates. Register duct boosters cost $40 to $70. Many different manufacturers make duct booster fans of both types. Search online for ‘in-line duct booster fan’ or ‘register duct booster fan’ to find manufacturers and dealers.
Solution 3: Cove Heaters
Cove heaters, mounted along the ceiling, are fairly inconspicuous. For a bedroom or TV room, cove heaters can be a great choice. They operate silently (no fans) and since they’re radiant panels, they emit heat downward to warm people and objects directly instead of heating the air. Because they mount near the ceiling, they’re unobtrusive and kids can’t burn themselves. They work well in rooms where drapes and furniture make baseboard heaters inconvenient.