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January 05, 2007

Weather proofing the apartment

As some of you know, I moved to a new place late last year and I am still in the process of getting settled. I moved in October when the weather was just about perfect. One of the problems with that is I had no idea how cold the apartment could be (and I know...the worse is yet to come).

My last place was a high-rise tower and the apartment was always warm, probably because I was sharing the heat from the apartments above, below and on each side of me. Not to mention the front door opened on to an internal corridor. I usually had to run the AIR CON until November.

Now, however, my apartment stands alone on the top of a small buidling with an entrance directly to the outside. All four walls are exposed and there are LOTS of windows. Do not get me wrong...I love it, but it is not the best set up for keeping things cozy and warm. There is a heater for the apartment, which does an adequate job (cheap landlord? old building? maybe both), but only in some parts of the pad.

I won't freeze to death, but it is not very comfortable. (by the way, good lesson on cultural differences - my agent would never to think to tell me any of this unless I asked...which I did not). Even worse, my electric bill here is THREE times that of the old place.

Anyway, last night I bought an electric blanket for the bed and for the first time in a few months, when I went to sleep the bed was warm and cozy. No more freezing cold sheets for me. I tell you, this is the best thing that has happened to me this year. Granted, that means the last four days, but still, I am quite happy.

I also have two ceramic heaters now, one for the bedroom and one for the living room. Things are starting to shape up around here. I have a feeling, however, that I am going to be absolutely cooked next August when the temperatures are in the 30s and humidity is 90%. Woo hoo...one steo at a time.

Posted by Kirk on January 5, 2007 09:50 AM