Convector Units

modine-c_thumbnailThese are what provide heat and air conditioning in my  apartment building. A friend called them ‘hotel’ units. I doubt they use this method in new buildings. They are quite noisy especially when you turn the fan to medium or high but when positioned properly in the room they are quite efficient. Unfortunately for us the one in the living/dining room is in one corner of a large area so only one part of the room gets heated or cooled. It’s not bad in the Winter but in the Summer in the dining area you sweat and in the living room area you shiver and it’s just annoying.

But here’s the thing – it’s not really an air conditioner. I don’t really understand but I’m told that there are big ‘chillers’ on the roof of the building. Air is drawn into the chillers, cooled, and then sent through the building. Also the building has an ‘air exchange’ system.

So – the problem. When the temperatures are somewhat low, say in the 70’s or even 80’s but the humidity is super high, like in the 90%, to get the air conditioning affect you have to put the thermostat to like 68 to get any cool air.

And there is something about the outside air temperature the governs whether you will get any heat or a/c at all. When the outside air temperature is 60 degrees these things will not generate heat or a/c.

I do not understand this. Also, they tell me with the air exchange system a venting system for bathrooms and kitchens is not need, so someone please tell me why my bathrooms are musty and moldy.  I will tell you this system brings other people’s smells into my apartment, like right through the vents and there is a film of grey dust on everything in my bathrooms.

So many things not to like about living in an apartment but when you are old, and stairs are not practicable anymore, and neither is house maintenance (even tho you can always find someone to pay to do all that) apartments are convenient. I spent most of my adult life living in apartments and it never bothered me but nothing beats living in your own house where you are in control of everything.

Oh I do like being in control of my environment and then again I also like limitless hot water and someone who signs for all my packages and feeling very, very safe.


6 thoughts on “Convector Units

  1. Well I just learned something new. I’ve seen those units before in hotels of course but had no idea how they worked.
    I’ve considered selling my house and possibly renting so that I didn’t have to worry about upkeep. I think I’ll stay though, there are too many houses for sale around here and a lot have been on the market for quite some time.

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    1. Oh, Keep your house! Didn’t you mention that you are less than a year from clearing your mortgage? Since you are probably not planning on moving out of the area, a paid up house is golden. Whatever you save by not having a mortgage can be used to pay for some of the upkeep that might get to be too much for you. You are relatively young babe, do what you can, hire folks to do what you can’t. Really worth it to keep your house.


  2. I don’t quite understand the no vent in the kitchen or bathroom thing. So all the humidity from a shower and all the smells from a kitchen goes through the unit in the living room? Is it then filtered before being recirculated? No comprende!

    It sounds kinda crazy how the temperature outside effects what you can do with your inside unit. We didn’t have A/C when we moved in here so we put in a heat pump since the furnace needed replacing too. With our mild climate in the winter it works well and the bills are much lower than a straight A/C would be.

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    1. The air exchange system has nothing to do with the heat/air conditioning system. I’m not even sure how the convectors provide heat. The air exchange system supposedly circulates air from outside to inside then out again which is why the bathrooms are so damp especially with humid weather, damp air in AND out


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