April 26, 2011 1:13 PM Subscribe
I'm about to sign a lease on a commercial space that has radiator heating. The landlord wants us to pay one third of the heating costs for the building, as the space takes up the ground floor of a three story building.
At first this seemed logical to me, then I thought about it a bit...
posted by newpotato to home & garden (12 answers total)
On each of the other two floors there are three apartments, making six total. I'm assuming that each of these apartments has a minimum of two radiators, one for living area and one for the bedroom, but likely three or four, including the bathroom and the kitchen.
The entire ground floor space has just three radiators total.
My question: How is radiator (I'm assuming it's steam) heat coming from one boiler divvied up? Is it just the number of radiators, or the size of the radiators, or the size of the pipe going into them? Is it somehow dependent on the size of the room?
If it's the number of radiators, then I'm guessing we should be negotiating for a lower share of the heating bill.