Heaters in building entrance area - good or bad?
October 23, 2011 8:40 AM Subscribe
Will installing a heater of some sort in a building entrance area keep condensation from forming on the front door during the winter, or will heat just rise straight to the top of the stairway with no effect on the entranceway?
posted by bibbit to home & garden (6 answers total)
I am in a 7-unit condo building. The front entrance area of the building has stairs leading down to one unit, and up to three floors. The front door is glass and wood, and last winter we had lots of condensation problems with the door - and during really cold days the condensation froze over on the inside (this is in Chicago). A suggestion was made to install an outlet in the entrance area and get some sort of heater, thereby keeping the entrance area warmer. The theory is that this will at least keep the condensation from icing over, and that it will be better for the units that are closest to the entrance area since the cold could leak in through front doors.
After some preliminary research on this, it seems like an expensive fix that won't do much other than allow heat to rise in the stairwell. I don't know what type of heater we could purchase that would be safe to have running in a common area, and I don't know how expensive it would be to run.
Should we table this idea, or is there a fix that I'm missing?