Re: Basement Heating Options - I Need your Advice!
I'll second Ed's comments. It sounds like the auxiliary heat isn't working.
Any air leaks in the house that you can seal up will make a HUGE difference. You can do it yourself, and it's usually pretty cheap.
Install foam gaskets for light switches and outlets.
If you're not using the fireplaces, you might want to seal them up. A piece of plywood placed over the opening with a foam gasket around the edge can do wonders.
Also make sure any furnace ducts that aren't in heated space are well sealed using duct mastic. Duct leaks account for a large percentage of energy waste. It's a messy job, but it's one you can do yourself. There are plenty of YouTube videos on sealing ducts with mastic.
If you have old wood-sash, single-pane windows, install storm windows. You can also get the weatherizing kits that include double-stick tape and plastic, but I'm not a huge fan of them because the tape can damage paint and wood finish.
Once you've sealed everything up, then look at adding insulation.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.