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ian

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Re: Heating on?
« Reply #200 on: November 06, 2020, 09:54:37 am »
Been on for weeks, though I've nudged it up to 20 degrees a few days back. It's been cold at night for the last few days – I can judge the temperature by the condensation I have to tediously wipe off the windows (ginormous 60s-era picture windows with crappy double glazing makes for an efficient dehumidifier).
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Re: Heating on?
« Reply #201 on: November 06, 2020, 10:11:27 am »
Been on for weeks, though I've nudged it up to 20 degrees a few days back. It's been cold at night for the last few days – I can judge the temperature by the condensation I have to tediously wipe off the windows (ginormous 60s-era picture windows with crappy double glazing makes for an efficient dehumidifier).
I have the same problem with my windows (although I have asked a trusted tradesman mate to price up my house for modern double glaze windows). I may use my dehumidifier (but it is a bit noisy).

ian

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Re: Heating on?
« Reply #202 on: November 06, 2020, 10:29:13 am »
It usually means the temperature outside is below 5 (and we don't run the heating overnight, so the temperature drops and helps the process along). I have idly contemplated having the sealed units replaced (but I'm not sure the energy-saving, or my effort with a cloth, would justify the cost and hassle) – we did have the window in my office done when we moved and that's the only one that remains condensation-free. That said, the gardeners did have the unit in one of the patio doors replaced when they strimmed a stone through it, and that's still a bit shit (but I suspect they bought the cheapest unit possible).
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bhoot

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Re: Heating on?
« Reply #203 on: November 26, 2020, 05:15:26 pm »
In the urban heat island of the Isle of Dogs we haven't cracked yet but tonight might be a test... On the other hand only a few more days until December!

Mr Larrington

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Re: Heating on?
« Reply #204 on: November 26, 2020, 06:34:16 pm »
Still holding out in E17 but it's a bit nippy in here atm…
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Re: Heating on?
« Reply #205 on: November 26, 2020, 06:39:27 pm »
Stuck it on last night. It was -2⁰c this morning.

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Re: Heating on?
« Reply #206 on: December 02, 2020, 07:04:02 pm »
Just succumbed.  If you can see your breath in the living room, it’s probably time.
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Re: Heating on?
« Reply #207 on: December 08, 2020, 08:54:06 am »
As I've got a bit of a sniffle & a koff I put the storage heater in the bedroom on for a few hours last night.  First time it's been on in several years so it stank the place out.   It made the bedroom a bit warmer , which is probably why I had strange dreams & overslept.
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ian

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Re: Heating on?
« Reply #208 on: December 08, 2020, 09:34:06 am »
Cuddling with the portable oil radiator in my office, I fought the cold and the cold won. I suppose I should be generous and just turn the central heating back on, I think there's someone upstairs. But cold builds character, ask Capt Oates.
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ElyDave

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Re: Heating on?
« Reply #209 on: December 08, 2020, 10:50:20 am »
Trousers on!

This week in my unheated office, I have had to transition from short to troos
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citoyen

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Re: Heating on?
« Reply #210 on: December 08, 2020, 11:15:36 am »
Not only do I have the heating on today, I also have two hot water bottles.

Don't know why I'm feeling the badly so much today. Probably a sign of impending illness...
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Kim

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Re: Heating on?
« Reply #211 on: December 08, 2020, 12:01:21 pm »
As I've got a bit of a sniffle & a koff I put the storage heater in the bedroom on for a few hours last night.  First time it's been on in several years so it stank the place out.   It made the bedroom a bit warmer , which is probably why I had strange dreams & overslept.

This year I actually remembered to run the fan heaters at full power aimed out of an open window for a minute before using them in earnest.

Not so practical with a storage heater, unfortunately.
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hellymedic

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Re: Heating on?
« Reply #212 on: December 08, 2020, 03:13:19 pm »
Not only do I have the heating on today, I also have two hot water bottles.

Don't know why I'm feeling the badly so much today. Probably a sign of impending illness...

Hasn't the outdoor temperature in SE England dropped from about 10C last week to 3C today?

Re: Heating on?
« Reply #213 on: December 08, 2020, 03:40:27 pm »
Not only do I have the heating on today, I also have two hot water bottles.

Don't know why I'm feeling the badly so much today. Probably a sign of impending illness...

Hasn't the outdoor temperature in SE England dropped from about 10C last week to 3C today?

3C?

It has been 0 or lower here for a few days.

No heating in my 'office'.
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Re: Heating on?
« Reply #214 on: December 08, 2020, 03:45:18 pm »
Still in shorts.
Last night's foray to the Co-Op was errrr....  character forming.

Re: Heating on?
« Reply #215 on: December 08, 2020, 03:54:46 pm »
Trousers on!

This week in my unheated office, I have had to transition from short to troos

I made the switch from non-lined Craghoppers Pro Stretch to the fleecy winter lined version several weeks ago - and that's with the heating on!

I've discovered the window beside my desk is not totally draught-free...

hellymedic

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Re: Heating on?
« Reply #216 on: December 08, 2020, 03:56:07 pm »
Not only do I have the heating on today, I also have two hot water bottles.

Don't know why I'm feeling the badly so much today. Probably a sign of impending illness...

Hasn't the outdoor temperature in SE England dropped from about 10C last week to 3C today?

3C?

It has been 0 or lower here for a few days.

No heating in my 'office'.

I think we're Souther than you...

Re: Heating on?
« Reply #217 on: December 08, 2020, 04:21:35 pm »

I think we're Souther than you...

And in an urban heat island too...

Around the Vale of Aylesbury it was somewhere near 0 in the fog from Thursday pm until mid-morning today. My Sunday morning ride was definitely cool.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Heating on?
« Reply #218 on: December 18, 2020, 09:52:22 pm »
Twice this week the frost protection feature on our boiler has kicked in, which has puzzled us. It took a while to work out what it was, partly because it's new for us – this boiler was new in spring and the old one didn't have it, but also because, being activated by water temperature in the tank, it bears no relation to the room temperature. Last week was much colder than this week but it never come on. Maybe the cold water takes a week or two to make its way down from the Mendip aquifers, but you'd think then it would warm up as it enters the reservoirs.
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quixoticgeek

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Re: Heating on?
« Reply #219 on: February 07, 2021, 12:26:15 pm »

Been having a lot of issues with the bleed valve on one of our radiators being seized. The radiator has been full of air for months. Which has meant over driving the other one in the room to compensate. After soaking the valve in WD40, and a bit of a brute force, I managed to get it open. It took 17 minutes for all the air to come out. I think this was the last go of the valve, as it was a complete bitch to close it again. The plumbing is technically maintained by the building mangelement company, so I have to wait for them to come and fix it. I've been waiting for weeks. But with -10°C - -13°C on the forecast, I needed both working.

Temp has gone up 0.7°C since I got it working.

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Re: Heating on?
« Reply #220 on: February 07, 2021, 12:30:37 pm »
I don't have the heating on at all in my flat most days. It stays 18-20 degrees anyway.

Presumably the downstairs neighbour has their heat on roasting...

Re: Heating on?
« Reply #221 on: February 07, 2021, 12:32:24 pm »

Been having a lot of issues with the bleed valve on one of our radiators being seized. The radiator has been full of air for months. Which has meant over driving the other one in the room to compensate. After soaking the valve in WD40, and a bit of a brute force, I managed to get it open. It took 17 minutes for all the air to come out. I think this was the last go of the valve, as it was a complete bitch to close it again. The plumbing is technically maintained by the building mangelement company, so I have to wait for them to come and fix it. I've been waiting for weeks. But with -10°C - -13°C on the forecast, I needed both working.

Temp has gone up 0.7°C since I got it working.

J

Sometimes you can blow an air pocket through by turning off all the other rads and switching on the heating/pump.
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quixoticgeek

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Re: Heating on?
« Reply #222 on: February 07, 2021, 12:42:32 pm »
Sometimes you can blow an air pocket through by turning off all the other rads and switching on the heating/pump.

Unfortunately it's a communal system I only have access to the radiators themselves. The rest is hidden down in some basement somewhere, along with the heat exchanger.

The upside is that my heating is derived from waste heat from a local power plant, the pipework is routed under the cycle lanes, which helps keep them clearer of ice.

But the downside of being the top floor is that all the air for the apartments below me collect in my radiators.

The other radiator in the room is making a trickling sound. When I try to bleed it, water comes out. This has been diagnosed to: radiator not level any more. Hopefully if building manglement ever get a plumber out to me, they can fix that at the same time...

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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Heating on?
« Reply #223 on: February 07, 2021, 12:51:05 pm »
But the downside of being the top floor is that all the air for the apartments below me collect in my radiators.
The upside of the being the top floor is that all the hot air from the apartments below you collects in your flat.
The downside of being the ground floor is that all the hot air from your apartment escapes to the higher flats.
Best to live on a middle floor and get other people's heat while all your air escapes!
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quixoticgeek

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Re: Heating on?
« Reply #224 on: February 07, 2021, 12:56:01 pm »

Talking to my housemate, she points out that the the reason there's a stack of paper under one end of the radiator is because it was sagging... I added some more cardboard to lift it up a bit. But that wasn't enough. I ended up using a lever to lift it up and bleed it. Not pretty. From what I can tell both brackets on that end have bent.

I got some air out, the trickling sound has reduced a lot. I'll give it another go in a bit.

Am glad I have welding gauntlets*. These radiators are hot now!

J

* I use them as oven gloves, as they are more effective as oven gloves than any thing sold as oven gloves!
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