Sigh, the heating of this building is fraught with problems. Non-insulated floors mean that all the heat rises to the top. Our upstairs unit is lovely and comfortable at 70 degrees (and we are loving it since we usually choose 65 degrees), BUT we have the heat turned off! The other upstairs tenant leaves her window open. I need to talk to her about why and meet her needs (hopefully) another way. It may be that she is burning up, it may be a ventilation issue. I’ve been moving and haven’t had the chance.
The urgent issue is that the basement apartment is only getting to 60 to 65 with the thermostat cranked all the way up to 80 or so. The current tenants moved in in May, so I don’t know if we can find out if this is a long-term problem. The boiler was serviced before I closed, and at that point it was noted that the heat wasn’t working and some repairs were made (valves? I can’t read the handwriting on the receipt). When the plumber came Monday to fix the coin valve in the upstairs unit we had to get to the boiler in the basement and the tenant said the heat was not satisfactory again. I checked and the baseboard seemed warm enough, but indeed the thermostat was set to 80 and the temperature in the room read about 65 (with sun blazing in through the south windows). The plumber bled the line and we hoped that would do it. I talked to the tenant yesterday (or two days ago now?) and he said it was better for a bit, and was better than before, but still wasn’t getting above 65. Although I might be comfortable at that, I understand the need for perhaps as high as 68, and I think I have to provide up to 68 anyway. So another call to the plumber I guess. $$. Even if heat was escaping through poorly insulated walls and windows and rising upstairs, I would expect it to get warmer in there if the system was working right. The entryway at ground level is plenty warm, and that is a little stick frame room with lots of windows – not a basement set snug in the relatively warm ground with small, closed windows. By the way, it is 26 degrees outside now, it has been 10 to 15 most of this week. Not toasty! The building inspector had said that the boiler was perfectly well sized, in his opinion. Sigh. Hope I don’t spend all my money on repairs before I get to the efficiency improvements!