selective room heating?

I just turned on the heat before going into my room to go to bed. My roommate and I are in about one fourth of the whole house (and will be for about six hours), yet every room is being heated. This seems like a huge efficiency problem. Are there commercial systems out there that can heat selective rooms? If not, are there ways of making such a system? Can I just tape cardboard over the vents?

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Goodhart9 years ago
Baseboard electric or baseboard radiator heating systems are normally wired separately for each room, so one can heat certain "zones" being occupied, rather then the whole house.
Occram's Razor !!!!
moisture (author)  Goodhart9 years ago
Alas, I don't have this kind of system so I can't apply this (admittedly very simple) solution.
Electrical floorboard heaters aren't hard to install really.
With radiators you could add bypass pipes and electronically actuated valves...
moisture (author)  killerjackalope9 years ago
Think it would be worth trying? I don't personally have a radiator around here to mess with.
Oh I was guessing you had radiators and central heating built in if your whole house is already heated... Kelsey's Ideas would definitely be more simple to introduce to a duct system than installing radiators...
moisture (author)  killerjackalope9 years ago
Yeah, there's a typo in the topic heading; I'm actually in a student apartment so I can't make permanent/overt changes. I'm leaning towards the branch-shutoff and fan speed-adjustment idea.
That does seem like an easy option, unless you can find an easy way to heat the single rooms without burning too much electricity...
Or just turn them off by hand...
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