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February 6th, 2007

indoor weather @ 12:47 am

Current Mood: cold cold

Our townhouse has some serious thermal issues. For those who haven't been here it's a split level on a slope so the back patio's level with the main floor, which is half underground at the front.

The furnace is upstairs. The glass patio door's not insulated or well sealed, the front door likewise is not sealed. (It was worse a couple of years ago, before we added weather stripping to cover gaps you can see through and almost stick a finger in.) When they worked on the gas last August they cut a foot-square hole in the downstairs bathroom ceiling to run the new lines up and just left it wide open. No insulation between floors, just wood like an attic up in there.

Anyway, it's been below freezing for several days now, and today's high was in the mid-teens Farenheit. Upstairs is warm to hot, and the upstairs bathroom floor (above that hole in the lower ceiling) is definitely warm to the touch. The living room downstairs is cold, and the kitchen's downright frigid. Two pair of wool socks and the kitchen floor's still too cold to walk on for long. Living room's only slightly better, I've been shivering all evening even with the extra socks, a sweater & sitting under a blanket. I have to stop knitting/typing every couple of minutes to thaw my fingers out, and I've got a sinus migraine just above my left eye from being cold so long. And my, er, chest aches.

We've been here six years and I don't remember it ever being this cold indoors, not even when we lost power for three days in the ice storm. There's always been some temperature difference between floors, but this is ridiculous.

Ah well, time to head upstairs for bed. I'll probably be sweating by the time I wake up.

On the plus side, I got our taxes done and e-filed over the weekend. The KY revenue dept. website had links to the Free File Alliance to do both our state and federal returns for free. I used the Intuit/TurboTax one, which found several deductions I would have missed.
 
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From:solarbird
Date:February 6th, 2007 06:49 am (UTC)
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I presume you've closed all the upstairs heading air vents and opened all the downstairs ones all the way, yes?

Next step is to get a fan blowing cold air up from ground floor towards the upstairs. This is a lousy solution, but it's better than nothing, and you probably have a fan already. Get air circulating through the house more than you have it now.

It also won't hurt to tape some paper over that hole in the ceiling. Just stopping that particular bit of airflow will help.
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From:starsongky
Date:February 6th, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC)
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Gazer covered the hole with plastic last night. Hadn't tried the fan yet, will see about putting one near the stairwell toward the living room. All the downstairs heat seems to collect at the stairwell just below ceiling level.
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From:solarbird
Date:February 6th, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)

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Make them fix the bathroom ceiling hole before you move out. Seriously, otherwise they might try to blame you for it and hold it against your damage deposit. Get that fixed asap.

All the downstairs heat seems to collect at the stairwell just below ceiling level.
That's happening because the heat is rising to go up the stairs, of course. It's stacking up against the ceiling and falling up to the stairwell. If you have ceiling fans in the downstairs, turning them on at their lowest setting might help with that.
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From:starsongky
Date:February 6th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)

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We're pretty sure we already lost the deposit anyway, after six years' worth of kid damage to the carpet, walls & kitchen flooring.
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From:scott644
Date:February 6th, 2007 12:40 pm (UTC)
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Tape plastic over every outside opening except the front door. Also, space heaters help and can be quite affordable.
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From:ishte
Date:February 8th, 2007 07:28 am (UTC)
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Well just think, you'll have your own house soon, and not have to deal with weird crap like this ever again... well you will... trust me but then it will be YOUR crap and you won't have to worry about someone else doing something wierd and then just leaving wierdness to happen without yoru permission.

BTW, I have something I want to show you... however, I can't find your email address... so email me ishte @ gaias-song.net and I'll show you.

*evile snicker*

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