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Old 12-18-2011, 05:53 PM   #1
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Computer in my unfinished basement & my feet freeze when sitting at my computer


I live in Maine. My computer & desk is in my basement. It is pretty warm with my FHW boiler, but ...... my feet freeze due to the concrete floor. I've tried putting carpet under my desk but that does not help. What can I put down under my desk (nothing permanent) so my feet stay warm? It has to be fairly cost effective because I canot afford to spend tons of money. any suggestions? cork? those thick rubber mats that are used to stand on like @ supply/warehouses for people that stand all day?

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Old 12-18-2011, 06:47 PM   #2
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Anything that won't transfer cold would be a good start.
I have seen LOTS of offices where people put a small space heater by their feet.
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I live in Maine. My computer & desk is in my basement. It is pretty warm with my FHW boiler, but ...... my feet freeze due to the concrete floor. I've tried putting carpet under my desk but that does not help. What can I put down under my desk (nothing permanent) so my feet stay warm? It has to be fairly cost effective because I canot afford to spend tons of money. any suggestions? cork? those thick rubber mats that are used to stand on like @ supply/warehouses for people that stand all day?
Wear slippers. Seriously.

If that's not enough, get a heated mat. Anything beyond that is going to get very spendy, without a cost effective return.

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I live in Maine ....... I don't go without slippers or shoes in my basement. And, I do use a portable heater sometimes when it is real cold outside but honestly, my boiler keeps the basement very warm.

But, I did not know about the electric foot warmer pads thank you!!!! I will definately be buying one.

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Old 12-19-2011, 01:44 PM   #5
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Years ago I had a similar problem. I built a wooden box and put it under my desk to put my feet on. It was probably 18" wide, 12" deep, and just tall enough to keep my feet off of the cold concrete, slanted for comfort.
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Might try placing a small light fixture under your desk (on the floor)
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Concrete has a very low R value (insulating quality) and the ground underneath probably has a temperature of 50 degrees give or take.

The wood platform or carpeting or whatever you put down has to have some insulating qualities so your feet don't keep getting cold.
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Move the computer upstairs. Your family probably misses you anyway.
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