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Posted by Andre Giroux on December 16, 2003 at 08:02:36:
I own a condo in a 9 floor, 72 unit condo building. Some of the units are very hot, others are very cold. In the last owner's meeting I talked about teaching the owners how to regulate their individual units heat by opening and closing the valves off the radiators( some units have one, other have two valves in their unit). The management laughed at us and said not to touch the valves as playing with them would introduce air into the closed circuit and cause noises and not help with the heat at all. They suggested raising the heat from the tank in the basement instead. This will not only raise heating costs but will not solve the problem. I want somebody to tell me that I am right and that management is wrong; since the system is a closed circuit it would be impossible to introduce air into the system without touching the bleeding valves and that actually opening the valves lets more water into your unit, bringing more heat. As long as you don't close the valves completely to stop the water flow we should be ok. Any comments, suggestions to our little community problem? Oh, and any energy saving tips would also be appreciated. Thank you in advance for your time.
Andre Giroux, Stoney Creek, Ontario
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