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Old 10-07-2008, 12:20 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Does anyone have ideas on how to insulate a rental unit? We live in a two-family house that seems to have no insulation and a terrible heating system. Luckily it has new windows, but the walls are freezing!! We are thinking of duct-taping blankets onto the bedroom wall (at the head of the bed), but I'm hoping some of you have better ideas. Thanks!
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Heavy blankets, quilts or rugs hung over the walls are the best non-permanent way I know of to insulate.

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How do you hang quilts and blankets on the wall? Would you put hooks in the wall, or maybe a curtain rod? I should probably visit my local hardware store and see what they'd recommend. Thanks for your suggestion!
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I think if you found a nice quilt or a nice but not to heavy rug it would look very nice hung on a wall.It would be part of the decor and no one would know it was for insulation. I'm sure the hardware store would have something that would hold it up well enough.
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you could also try an old mattrass against the wall, above blankets. this is a favourite methode from finland (artic circle region).

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plastic over the windows! I think 3M makes a special window insulation kit.

also, if you have drafts at your door you can either put towels or sew a tube like structure with cat litter in it.

do you have a washer/dryer in your apartment? I have heard of people rerouting the dryer vent into their places
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I am guessing there is no insulation in the walls. This can be fixed with blown in cellulose, but it will cost a few thousand dollars for your landlord. If the owner is in the same building you might have a change at this You could try suggesting that the condensation on the walls may harm the building in the long term.

If you have a low household income, you may be eligible for free weatherization from your state weatherization agency.

New construction has r-13 to r-19 in the walls, it would take lots of blankets to reach this level!
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Yes, definitely call your local power company and ask about thier weatherization program.

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