Many of the buildings in Winnipeg are old – as are their heating systems. My husband and I are suckers for beautiful old buildings and as such, endure squeaky floors, windows that don’t stay open easily, and century-old heating systems.
We love our old apartment, which is approximately 100 years old. It has even been retrofitted in many ways, including having a dishwasher. The beautiful old radiators though have become our friends as well as our enemies.
So as fall approaches and the temperatures drop, the apartment gets chillier and chillier. We want the caretaker to turn on the heat but we are hesitant, as once that boiler gets turned on, there is no going back for about six months.
We are hesitant because the heat is controlled by a timer and not a thermostat. In the shoulder seasons in Winnipeg, there can be 20-degree temperature differences within a day, which the boiler does not account for: it just keeps turning on and off according to the timer. This means that it is either too cold in the apartment or too hot. It is usually too hot.
We are also on the top floor to where all the heat rises. It may be -30 outside, but it is +30 inside. Right now, at the beginning of November it is not too bad, but the unusually warm temperatures during the day of about 7 degrees are making things mighty uncomfortable. Last night, there was a predicted low of -9, but sadly, it only reached -3.
Therefore, us Winnipeggers who live in these old buildings often pray, wish, and hope for the temperatures to drop. For now though, I will keep two alternate blankets beside the bed, each for a different temperature, and continue to alternate them per the current climate of the apartment throughout the night. If it were -15, everything would be perfect.