Heat Poorly Designed. What to Do?

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Mike Higgins
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My house is a 1950s cape built on a slab.  My living room is an extension off of the back of the house.  The house has two zone heat and when the extension was built, the heat was hooked into the upstairs zone.  Since heat rises, the upstairs naturally stays warmer and it can be difficult to get enough heat into the living room on the coldest days of the winter.  I've resorted to setting the upstairs thermostat to 73 to keep it pumping.  

The house orginally had radiant heat downstairs but now has baseboard up and down,  The baseboard in the downstairs zone really doesn't come close at all to the baseboard in the living room.  Does anyone have any good ideas for cost effective ways to keep the living room warm enough without major construciton?

I was considering getting one of the phony fireplaces with heat.  Are they efficient?