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Old 11-21-2008, 08:58 AM
 
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I am renting an apartment in Dallas and all bills are included, our heat hasn't been turned on yet, we can still use the air if we want (LOL). Is there a specific date when the complex HAS to have the heat available? I know that in other cities they have rules about this, but I can't find any info on Dallas' rules.

Thanks
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Old 11-21-2008, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Ken Caryl, CO
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You should call and ask the manager. I wouln't think you would be needing much air conditioning till the spring. It's going to be quite cool the next day or so...especially at night. I know I have had my heat on already this Fall!
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Old 11-21-2008, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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You don't get to control when the heat is on and when the A/C is on?

What kind of jacked-up system is that?
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Old 11-21-2008, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Garland Texas
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That's the trade you have to make living in an all bills paid apartment. They pay the bills, they decided when the heat and a/c are turned off and on.
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Old 11-21-2008, 02:23 PM
 
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LOL... that happened to me one time. I asked the apt mgr, she said to use a stove burner. I didn't pay gas, or electricity for that matter, so it wasn't a problem. But the place was a bit of a dump and I moved at first chance.
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Old 11-21-2008, 05:32 PM
 
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...downright UNFRIENDLY!

get you a decent electric space heater and/or blankets. I prefer those "radiator" types that are filled with a heavy mineral oil (non-flammable). once the oil inside heats up--WOLA! nice and toasty AND if the electric is included in your rent....a no-brainer! Look on-line at Craig's List, etc. for a gentle pre-owned one. about $30 new, half that used.


if you have a natural gas stove PLEASE! don't "light it up" for heating.

CO 2 a plenty and can be quite DANGEROUS! It's colorless, odorless and will put you to sleep PERMANENT!

(it's the old EMS/Fire Rescue in me, sorry if I am preaching!)
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Old 11-21-2008, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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That's the trade you have to make living in an all bills paid apartment. They pay the bills, they decided when the heat and a/c are turned off and on.

That's so not worth the trade-off.
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Old 11-21-2008, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Norcross GA
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Thank God I control my own A/C and heat!! I have been freezing my bootay off these past few nights and early mornings. I'm a big baby but sorry in CA it never got down to the 30's, at least not Southern CA. I'm counting the days until spring/summer . Okay u guys can copy and paste this if I complain about how hot it is ever!!

I was wondering the same thing about businesses. I was wondering if they keep the air going all year round? But then I was in a restaurant last night and it was nice and warm in there so I was very relieved!

OP I agree you may have to invest in an electric heater. I have had the same one for years and it gets plenty of use, more than the apt heat. Just make sure you get one with good safety features like auto cut off if it's going to overheat, or if it is obstructed by any object being too close.
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Old 11-22-2008, 12:10 AM
 
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Be careful about the electric heater. Being in an older place the electrical may not be prepared for the overload a heater may require.

I just spent a few winter months in a place in Dallas, a block south of Highland Park (well, a coupla winters ago). The place was a mess and wasn't ready when I moved in. The range wasn't hooked up and the heater in the bathroom was messed up. Anyway, opted not to have the gas turned on but got a space heater instead.

Discovered that with my TV and PC running and with the space heater I couldn't use the microwave as it would blow the circuit. Only one far wall was on a different breaker so I moved the microwave to that plug.

Being in an older place, be careful about what you do. A few cold mornings may be better than the options. Those places weren't built for 21st century requirements.
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Old 11-22-2008, 01:55 AM
 
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That's the trade you have to make living in an all bills paid apartment. They pay the bills, they decided when the heat and a/c are turned off and on.
yup. Another good reason to put the bills IN YOUR NAME. If it is in your name then you control it. The landlord could care less. However, if it is in the LL's name then he can go and nickel and dime you to save an extra buck or two here and there.
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