Good Question: Help! How do we keep from freezing our arses off?

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We just moved from NY to LA, and we are freezing our a**es off! We live in the canyon, and it got to 28 degrees last night. Our dilapidated but beautiful sublet has no furnace, thanks to leaking carbon monoxide. We bought oil-filled radiators after reading through the many posts on the NY section but they don't seem to be enough. The rooms are quite large: our main room is 500 sq ft, with no way to close it off from the house. It's very drafty, with tall windows that are basically as decoration, no seal at all.

I remember having a great baseboard heater growing up, but no one seems to have recommended those... does anyone like those? I do like that the oil filled keeps the air moist... but we are still so cold!

thank you for any advice,
m

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Dear M.

We feel your pain in a big-fat-way as the cold snap last week took us by surprise as well. After having nightmares of living in 30 degree weather the rest of the winter [no heater upstairs in the bedroom and it's full of leaky windows] we started doing some research. A East-Coast friend had told us about some plastic sheeting to adhear to windows. It looks a little unsighly from the diagrams but it's one way to go, or we also just found this indoor safe propane heater by a company called Mr. Heater that claims to be able to heat a 400sq ft room on low.

Readers? How do you un-ice cube in your older homes and apartments?

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