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Old 01-18-2014, 11:39 PM   #1
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RE: It's friggin freezing in here.


Hi all:

New to the forums, and I wanted to get some ideas/help on solving a problem that I've let go on for too long.

Like most idiots, I bought this house because it was SO COOL LOOKING!!! But, I didn't do my homework and ignored the reports and naysayers. That was almost four years ago.

My house is all brick, all around, except for a brick wall behind a stucco front. Two story rowhome in Philadelphia. I've got a neighbor attached to my left and a small alley between myself and my other next door neighbor. What this place desperately needs is WALLS. And INSULATION.

All of the brick is exposed, which is cool for approximately 30 minutes until you realize its too darn hot in here, or too darn cold. I struggle to heat the place. My bottom floor is always cold because the HVAC "system" is a joke. There is no insulation on the walls and no drywall, except for the back and front walls. All but one do NOT have insulation...they just tacked up drywall (they being the jerks who "remodeled" the home before I stupidly purchased it.

Now, to the point. I want to rent this house out because I know some yuppie or hipster would love the place for its character. But, spending $500 a month on heating bills is unacceptable. What would be the most cost efficient way to solve this problem? If it would help to post pictures, I can do so.

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Old 01-19-2014, 06:22 AM   #2
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How long do you think someone's going to rent that place if it's cold and the utility's are that high?
There going to be skipping before the lease is up would be my guess.
Just a guess, old leaking single pane "cool" looking windows to?

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Old 01-19-2014, 06:49 AM   #3
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RE: It's friggin freezing in here.


Post up some pictures.

Call your local utility company and see if they offer an energy audit.

If not, have an audit done by a qualified individual and start with the laundry list of retrofits.

You can fix a bunch of things with the right person.
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