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Old 01-24-12, 10:24 PM
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Help! I need ideas. I'm in a small apartment with THREE baseboard water heaters. It's about 85 degrees, and I am losing sleep something awful and have been getting dehydrated.

Challenges:

- No access to any kind of thermostat or temperature control.

- Landlady won't change the temperature on account of an elderly person in the building.

- Creepy neighbor, so can't crack windows.

- Wall A/C freezes up and spits ice. Landlady had a hissy fit at me last time I asked about it.

- Can't seem to find an affordable portable A/C that doesn't require cracking windows.

- It's already crazy humid here so a swamp cooler won't work for me.

- This is by FAR the best apartment in its price range in the area, so I'm not planning to move out.


What I've done:

- Closed the vents

- Done the heavyweight-tinfoil trick

- Bought an air purifier for improved circulation

- Tried to remove as much water as possible from the A/C (it leaks into the interior portion of the unit) but it's pretty sisyphean.

- Tried to run the A/C on fan, but the air heats up as it goes over the heater.

- Put a thermal curtain over the door to the kitchen to isolate that heater

It's still boiling.

Ideas:

- Are there any affordable, portable A/C units that don't require a window?

- Can I cover the heaters in some kind of foam-ish or other insulation?

Please help! Thanks in advance!
 
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Old 01-25-12, 04:50 AM
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1. Report your landlord to the local health department.

2. You didn't mention if the radiators had valves on them. If so, you can shut them off. Send a picture of the radiators and maybe can advise.
 
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- Creepy neighbor, so can't crack windows.
Tell the creep to suff it where the sun don't shine and open the #Q!^%%% windows.
WTF?

Go to Lowes and get the white 2 inch foam with aluminum on one side. Cut it up and box in the radiators with the aluminum side facing in toward the radiator.

Peter
 
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Thanks for the suggestions, guys!

@jisake They don't, unfortunately-- they're baseboard water heaters (from the '70s) rather than radiators, and don't have handy valves to experiment with.

Reporting the landlady is a last resort. Don't really want to alienate someone for a problem I can fix easily myself, especially since this kind of situation is standard for the area.

@Peter He is mentally challenged and doesn't understand when I've told him off, and if stalkers were that easy to get rid of, they wouldn't be stalkers. I have the right people involved and defensive items to hand, but legal measures still tend to favor the stalker over the "hysterical woman." Go figure. In the meantime, I'll keep my windows shut while I'm not conscious.

The aluminum foam sounds like a good idea. I'll give it a go! Is there a difference between that and pipe insulation?

Thanks!
 

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Bars on the windows??

Anyway.
With the white foam, you can totally cover the whole baseboard.
Put a vertical piece in front of the baseboard and then cut a piece to put on top of the baseboard, overlapping the vertical piece..
Glue them together with some elmers glue or silicone caulk.
After, it can be painted to blend in with the decor.

I don't know how you would cover baseboard with pipe insulation.

Peter
 
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The insulation Peter is talking about is ridgit foam.
Its sold in 4'x8' sheets, and maybe 2x8 sheets.

Cut it to box in the baseboards. Cut it to size and glue, tape or screw it together to make a L shaped box. Then simpliy lean it over the baseboards.
 
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- Are there any affordable, portable A/C units that don't require a window?
No. All A/C units need to blow air outside. They all will freeze up during the winter too.
 
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