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Old 03-16-2011, 12:38 AM   #1
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Heat From Pipes

This is my first post and I am not sure i'm in the right section but here goes nothing. I live in an apartment which is located halfway below ground level there are heating pipes that are boxed in and there are cut outs here and there throughout covered with mesh for ventilation I guess. I know for a fact that these pipes are not insulated. What is happening is that the heat in the apartment is unbearable even in the coldest months. Is there anything I can do to remedy this? should I have them remove the mesh and close it off? Should the pipes be insulated? I have no idea what to do... any help will be appreciated. Thanks


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Old 03-16-2011, 12:46 AM   #2
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are you sure these aren't the heat for your unit and if you turn the thermostat down it will cool off in your apartment?

I would simply start with speaking to the LL about the heat problem.


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There is no thermostat in the apt... it is somewhat a "basement" apt so all the pipes from the building run through that floor. I just need something to reduce the heat a little. It's like 90 degrees even in the winter.
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Do you have baseboard heaters as well? Or are these heating mains the sole source of heat? If the "holes and mesh" were added as supplimentary heat, I'd just remove the mesh and stuff insulation in the holes. If they're the only heat source that could be trouble. Is your apt. an add on to an older structure and this was the best they could come up with for heat, in lieu of putting a real, controllable system in? I bet the landlord/super is no help.
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Old 03-16-2011, 10:09 AM   #5
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Put adjustable covers on the openings, or drape blankets over them. No need to contact your landlord.
The good conscientious technician or serviceperson will carry extra oils and lubricants in case the new pump did not come with oil or the oil was accidentally spilled, so the service call can be completed without an extra visit.
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