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maemae
very cold waik-in closet

taken part of porch to make a walk-in closet for bedroom. in the winter it's like a walk-in freezer. can a bathroom ceiling heater be used to warm up? ceiling is 10' high. no shelves close to ceiling.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: very cold waik-in closet

Generally speaking, you can not use any device in a closet that could potentially ignite clothing. You might get away with an oil filled radiator or base board.

Jack

dj1
Re: very cold waik-in closet

Do you have any insulation on the exterior wall of the closet?
How is the wall finished?

maemae
Re: very cold waik-in closet

two of the outside walls are insulated. the third wall is on the inside of a closed-in porch. it is not insulated. our house is off the ground on pillars. we've tried different ways to block the air. nothing seems to work.

dj1
Re: very cold waik-in closet

It's hard to know what you have out there, but I think you get cold air coming in multiple places. You need to re-evaluate your construction and insulation to improve your situation, then make the proper modifications.

jkirk
Re: very cold waik-in closet

or have warmer clothes in the closet........ :p

Pat Dagnan
Re: very cold waik-in closet

You might get away with an oil filled radiator or base board.

keith3267
Re: very cold waik-in closet

If you don't have a heat source in the closet, then no matter how well you insulate it and seal it, it is going to get cold in the winter or hot in the summer. This is the same principle as with kitchen sink cabinets. When they are against an outside wall and have no vents, the pipes can freeze, so the sink cabinets often have slits cut in them so that warm room air can circulate in them.

If you can add a small duct off the main heating system (if forced air), that would be the best. Make it a small duct though or the closet will get really warm. You can cut a vent at the bottom of the door and another above the door and room air can then circulate in the closet, but then your bedroom may be slightly cooler as a result. You could also switch to a louvered door.

keith3267
Re: very cold waik-in closet

Oops, I just realized that this is an old post brought up by someone with questionable motives. I should have been suspicious since its about 105 outside.

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