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lynora wrote:We have radiators here too. The administration always post a piece of paper on the building's door some time before heating is turned on with a warning to finish any repairs to radiators before they will be filled with water - the warm or hot water is pumped from the local Power Plant (I think) and warms lots of buildings so the decision when the public heating is turned on is made elsewhere (and is based on specific regulations - after a certain number of days where temperature drops below 15 degree Celsius I think). They turned heating a bit on Wednesday but it's still only warmish - which made my friend ask if we should call someone for repairs because the radiators are merely warmish. No, it's that way until they actually run hot water.
They turned on the heat in our building today. It's one of those old school boiler systems with radiators in the apartments instead of a forced air system. We do have to use space heaters in the bedrooms in the winter though. There isn't much radiator in the bedrooms and insulation wasn't really a priority in the fifties, so it gets really, really cold back there in the winter.I was surprised when I noticed the radiators on today though. They usually try to wait until later in the year before they turn them on.
That's actually pretty cool. Learn something new every day. Radiators are rare around here. Ours only ever get warmish. They're the floorboard variety so that's a safety feature not a flaw. I have been pleasantly surprised how much my asthma has improved from having radiators instead of a blowing furnace. Even when I would change the furnace air filters every week, it still wasn't enough. So now radiators are something I would look for in future places to live. Although not planning to move anytime soon. There's no way we would ever find another apartment this big. :)