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Old 11-19-2012, 07:32 AM   #16
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Looks like a poorly installed window. Fix those air leaks first, and you will find it makes a big difference in your homes temp, and energy cost.

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Old 11-20-2012, 12:25 AM   #17
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Ceiling fans can make a big difference if of nice design and large or plentiful enough. They can lower your central air and heating bill substantially. Plunking one in the middle of a room can help some but if you have ever seen them in real action, there are a few in a room.

In the summer you set the blades to spin so they draw hot air up and away and in winter you set them so they direct hot air down and back into the room. Airflow and physics 101 I guess. Most people never bother to set them for the season. I used to tell my clients who had them to flick the switch for sure when Daylight Savings Time hit.

There are some really nice roman shade and insulated blind companies out there and some of the products come with incredible r-value. They are pricey though. My California home had insulated vertical blinds that looked nice and really blocked cold air coming straight through.

I realize there are only so many things you can do as a tenant. I would argue that anything you do to preserve heat accrues to the building and other tenants. Do you pay heat, by the way?

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Old 11-20-2012, 06:35 AM   #18
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Not a tenant sds he bought it.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:42 AM   #19
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Hello everyone,

I live in an apartment situated at the top floor. There is nothing else on top of my apartment so its the roof. The 3 sides of the apartment are exposed and the fourth is a common one with another apartment. My windows are double glazing but might not be of the best quality, although I believe they are good enough. My apartment is hot during the summer and cold during the winter and I was thinking to invest some money in improving the situation. Although there might be many options out there, I am aware of just the two:

1. Insulate the roof
2. Install external aluminium window shades

The one thing that I am concerned with is which one of the two will make the most difference and I believe it is the second one since people can feel a cold draft when sitting in my apartment, even though I have unsuccessfully tried to locate any spots on windows that allow air in. Furthermore, to insulate the roof is much easier but since the roof is accessible by almost anyone, certain damages may occur on the insulation which I will need to fix each time.

What are your suggestions?

Thanks
You live in an apartment. It is not your job, nor your place, to spend money making any kind of improvements that you cannot take with you when you move.

I would recommend using "seasonal caulk" on your windows. The DAP brand name is Seal 'N Peel, and the stuff can found at most home supply stores.

Beyond that, a ceiling fan might help. Warm air rises.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:43 AM   #20
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Sorry for the misunderstanding...

The apartment belongs to me, I bought it.
This changes everything.

That said, your #1 need is to insulate the ceiling/attic. I don't know how your building is constructed, so details are tough to provide. But the vast majority of your heat loss is through the ceiling. THAT is where you want to start.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:34 AM   #21
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Thank you all for the replays.

The number one need IMHO is to do something about my air leaks. If you can see the photo provided in a previous post of mine you will understand that the windows let air in from the bottom part and the top part and I have 7 windows where they definitely let cold air in even when the day is sunny and not windy. I have also found more air leaks which are easier to fix e.g my oven fun and the cupboard where my washing machine is. Both let air in or suck air out. Together with my window problem I have a huge amount of air leaks, to the point where you can even feel a light breeze on your face while sitting in the living room.

The ceiling will come next but first thing first I need to do something about the windows. Do you guys have any ideas on the window problem? Is the photo clear enough or should I provide more?

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Old 11-21-2012, 04:49 AM   #22
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Post the window pic in the Windows forum and ask in there how to fix them.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:13 AM   #23
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Do you guys know where I can find something like this?



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They probably know in the Windows and Doors forum.
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Ask your utility company about an energy audit.
Many will arrange one for you for free or with a minimal co-pay.

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