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KRISTINE
COLD BASEMENT

I had a small house built - 1,000 s.f. up/600 s.f. down -  about a year ago.  Unfortunately, the HVAC system has only one zone/thermostat on the main floor.  I spend most of my days downstairs in my studio space, which is always COLD.  If I turn the heat up, the upstairs cooks at 72/74, just to keep me at a decent temperature downstairs. Even at that, I can only spend about 2-3 hours of studio time before I go upstairs to warm up. I know this is not efficient, nor comfortable, but I am hesitant to spend the increase in my electric bill that a space heater would create.  Is there a fairly easy (D.I.Y. I hope) way to add a zone to the downstairs, or should I (1) just keep doing what I am doing, (2) spend the money and extra bill for a space heater?  I have tried to research the options online, watching videos, etc., but there are so many options out there, I am really confused as to the best way to go.  (The system is forced air with heat pump.)

Thanks, so much, for *any* advice!

Kris in damp, dreary western Washington.

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