We have an older 1950s 850 sq ft (1st floor + attic and basement) house that is reasonably "tight" for it's age (insulated walls and ceiling, not floor, and replacement windows).
Our air vents are in the ceiling (shared with A/C ducts, so A/C works wonderfully) heated by an XR80 and I feel like it is doing a very poor job. Part of this is obviously because the vents are in the ceiling and the heat doesn't sink.
I have tried turning on the blower motor while the heat is not running to bring the hot air down and I felt like this helps a little bit, but I don't think that I can program the fan separately from the heat (just on/off/auto). We've also tried running the ceiling fans backwards and forwards on slow speed.
Our attic (where the furnace is located) is 66 while our living area is 62. in the summer, our attic is hot, so I guess what I am thinking is that hot air is not escaping from the duct work (which are insulated) otherwise the cold air would do the same in the summer????
The floor of the living area can't be easily insulated because the basement is finished, however the garage which is below the living room is in the process of being insulated.
I thought due to the small size of our home a heater IN the living area would make a huge difference?
Getting a heating vent DOWN seems difficult. How much space do you need to run a duct? Our house is small enough and boxing out a corner is not ideal.
Signed off confused homeowner who just wants to make his wife happy (warm!)