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Old 01-22-2010, 10:31 AM
 
Location: long island ny
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Well, I found it odd that our apartment complex doesn't have furnaces. I have no heat. Is that legal, or just negligent on the part of the owners in the fact that pipes may freeze, etc. I mean, hey, when I lived in South Texas I had heat and sometimes I needed it, like here, the past couple of days.
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:37 AM
 
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Your pipes aren't going to freeze in Hollywood. Depending on how the complex is built and your cold tolerance, you may not even need heat more than a couple day per year. My old apartment and house had very little insulation and I needed a heater. My current apartment actually has some insulation and I haven't run the heater at all either last winter or this one so far. How old is your apartment? If you get too cold, those small electric heaters work pretty well.
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:42 AM
 
Location: RSM
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I believe heat is required by law, but heat is rarely necessary here and the pipes will never freeze. The lowest it will get is the high 30s, and that very rarely. Coldest winter temps are generally low 40s
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:45 AM
 
Location: South Bay
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are you certain that you don't have radiant heating built into your walls or ceiling?
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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Everyplace I ever lived in Hollywood had heat. The really old apartments had radiators or wall heaters. Our house, built in 1911, had central heat which was probably added later. How old is the building?
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:55 AM
 
Location: long island ny
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are you certain that you don't have radiant heating built into your walls or ceiling?
That's quite interesting as I had to google the meaning...I'm pretty positive we don't have that either. I must be getting old, seriously, last night I had two comforters and two blankets over me. I'm glad the weather won't normally get any colder than what it is, as I'm originally from the east coast, and tired of all that. And I'll be sure to pick up a portable heater to break the chill. One more thing, and forgive my ignorance as I've always had central air when I had it, but the window air conditioner has a heat setting, and I turned that on last night, but took forever to blow out a bit of warm air, could this possible be a substitute, or are air conditioners just solely, um, ac's?
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:57 AM
 
Location: long island ny
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Everyplace I ever lived in Hollywood had heat. The really old apartments had radiators or wall heaters. Our house, built in 1911, had central heat which was probably added later. How old is the building?
It is an older building, but just not sure how old. Our apartment in San Fran had radiators as I figured the older ones did. It was just a surprise to me, not to have the option of using one.
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:58 AM
 
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Our Hollywood place had too MUCH heat, of the radiator variety. It was sometimes hard to control, and we seldom needed it.

I agree with the suggestions to confirm that you really don't have heat. If you really don't, then try calling the city to ask for help. I believe heat is considered one of those tenant rights, although that doesn't mean that you have the freedom to control when it is turned on. The city probably has a formal rule about that, though.
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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One more thing, and forgive my ignorance as I've always had central air when I had it, but the window air conditioner has a heat setting, and I turned that on last night, but took forever to blow out a bit of warm air, could this possible be a substitute, or are air conditioners just solely, um, ac's?

Could be a window heat pump: works like an A/C in summer and works in reverse (pulls heat from the atmosphere and pumps it into your home) in the winter.
Or it could be an A/C with electric heat.
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Old 01-22-2010, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Well, I found it odd that our apartment complex doesn't have furnaces. I have no heat. Is that legal, or just negligent on the part of the owners in the fact that pipes may freeze, etc. I mean, hey, when I lived in South Texas I had heat and sometimes I needed it, like here, the past couple of days.
Frist of all the pipes will not freeze in So Calif and yes, I would think it is illegal but I don't know the laws. I can't imagine not having heat. Of course there are times in the winter you need to heat the house or apartment.

Nita
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