Still freezing after all these years....
February 4, 2008 7:21 PM Subscribe
Why is my condo still
cold?! I've sealed up all the windows...
posted by Melismata to home & garden (17 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I live in a basement level, two bedroom condo. My windows were very drafty, so I put in basement wall pink insulation boards (R value 7.5, I believe) in all the windows. While that's definitely helped a lot, it's still much colder than my former house.
In my old house, I would turn the heat up to 80 F occasionally, and it would be ... warm! I could get out of the shower naked and not shiver. Here, despite all the sealed windows, I still feel cold getting out of the shower. Not freezing, but not warm either. And while I can now sit up in bed and not feel a freezing draft on my neck, I'll roll over and the other pillow will feel ... cold. I just don't get it.
I have a few theories. One, it's a basement level place and will never get warm no matter how hot the thermostat (only one in the living room) is turned, since heat rises. Two, there might just not be enough insulation in the walls (handyman thinks this could be true).
Three, in the bedroom anyway, one of the baseboards (the one under the window near my neck) does not seem to be generating any heat. It's not cold to the touch (feels about room-temperature), but it's definitely not as warm as the other baseboard. Handyman thinks that either it needs draining, or that there aren't enough fins to support the heat....for about two feet on either side of the baseboard, there are no fins, only pipes.
Still, why would this make the entire place feel not warm? Why is it so much colder than my old house, with all the windows sealed completely with pink board?! Thank you!