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This is our first winter in this apartment. We have electric base board heating in every room, each room with its own individual controller.<br><br>
Since winter began and it got really cold it's been IMPOSSIBLE to keep it not 100* in here. It's insanely hot, and we only have the bathroom heater on. I even shut that off quite often.<br><br>
It's either freezing cold (overnight) or 100* there is no happy medium. I turn the heater on at night to keep us from freezing (DS refuses to wear PJ's or keep covered with a blanket, I'm not having him be cold) So I turn the heater on (There isn't a temp guide, it's just lines, one line says 50 with 'comfort zone' ibeing at the highest point) and we go to bed. Usually I wake up in the middle of the night dying of the heat, so I get up and turn the dial down (not all the way off) and it doesn't seem to help, so later I turn it all the way down and it stays a million degrees all day long.<br><br>
If it matters, we have a south facing window so we get the sun all day long. And we're on the 2nd floor.<br><br>
Help me work my heater!! I'm sick of not being 'comfortable'!!<br><br>
ETA- We have a street lamp outside our bedroom so we have foil on the window to keep the light out (can't afford curtains) without the foil I could read a book with the lights off. So the bedroom doesn't get the benefit of the sun all day so it's not as warm in there.
 

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are you in an upstairs apartment? heat rises, so that might be a problem. Try turning each on just a tiny bit and letting it set for a day to give them time to even out the temp.<br><br>
oops, just noticed the 2nd floor part <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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I don't have any answers b/c while w do have electric heat we do not control it. It is like "africa hot" in here pretty much all winter.<br>
We keep top windows open to let some heat out. It's not as bad for us since we moved to a downstairs apartment 2 years ago. Upstairs was like death.<br>
so anyway..no advice but I do commiserate with you.
 

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We have baseboard heaters and they are basically either on or off even though they have the "comfort range" as well. I turn them on just until I hear the thermostat "click" and then I know they are turned on. I never turn them up any higher.<br><br>
It's so annoying. I hate baseboard heaters. They are so ineffecient and dangerous.
 

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Wow I have no advice on how to make them work better, just wanted to say that every place I have lived with baseboard heaters has been freezing to the point of ICE on the WALLS in the winter!!! So, I guess that just reaffirms how awful they are <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Sorry mama!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">:
 

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We have the same thermostat controls. The comfort zone setting is insanely hot, and I like it hot. I like "Africa hot."<br>
I find a little above the first line, maybe a quarter inch, is a good temperature. It does get warm quickly but we had an extremely reasonable heating bill last winter in comparison to folks I knew with oil and forced air heat.<br><br>
Maybe there is somethign wrong with your heaters that it is all or nothing. Sorry I am not more help...
 

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Aw, yuck. It's 'Africa Hot' to the point where I have a headache almost all the time during the day. We're going to plastic our windows once DH is healthy so maybe it won't get cool here overnight so I won't have to run the heater at all!<br><br>
If we had the space/money I'd get a prgramable space heater for the bedroom at least and let the living room be cold overnight. It'll warm up enough by the time the kids wake up.<br><br>
I've never had base board heating so this is new to me. I'll try playing with the dial a bit more. It's an old dial, I can turn it just a 'little bit' on but it seems like the heaters only have one setting, on and off. On it's August in Flordia, and overnight if I leave them off it's January in North Dakota. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
It doesn't help matters that right now DH has pneumonia and bronchitis so he's freezing and doesn't get the concept fo layers for him because the kids and I can only take off so much...plus the kids and I are moving so that makes us warmer...he's a lump on the sofa so he's not getting his blood flowing. He just complains. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">
 

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We had electric baseboards in our last apt, hated them. Ours was either too hot or too cold & they are so dangerous. Now we have hot water baseboard heat (oil furnace) and from the safety aspect alone it's worth it. Knowing that the max temp of the inner pipes is only 120 degrees takes a load off my mind.<br><br>
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it was college the last time i had heaters like that --<br><br>
have you tried -- about 6 or 7 (don't know what time James goes to bed) truning on the heat in the bedroom ONLY, and shutting the door .... to warm up the room ... then turning it all the way down or off at actual bed time...... or down when he goes to bed and off when you go to bed?<br><br>
have you tired sleeping with bedroom door shut so maintain heat with heater OFF .....<br><br>
have you tired turning the heater on ONLY late at night when yo go to bed (or whatever) and off a couple of hours later -- when Josh goes to bed, when you get up to nurse or whatever ................ limiting the time the heater is on ......<br><br>
I do not know that you can ever get a nice even temp like other heating systems ............ like like a wooden stove for heat -- it is hot or cold back and forth, not really jsut a even temp<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
or<br><br>
have you tried NOT turning on the heat in the bedroom, but turning ont eh ehat (either all night, or part of the night -- from when you go to bed or from when James goes to bed or whatever) in the room next door .....<br><br>
I will keep thinking, sorry renea<br><br>
Aimee
 

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Renea<br><br>
How you found a way to make this better?<br><br>
ANy thing working out?<br><br>
AImee
 
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