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Where’s the heat?

Posted by Rona Fischman May 1, 2012 02:09 PM

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Now that spring is upon us, it is easy for house hunters to overlook something that they’d notice in a heartbeat come next October: where is the heat?

Over this past weekend, I saw houses with these situations:

No heat in every bedroom.
In particular, I saw second floor bedrooms and third floor bedrooms that had no radiators or duct openings. One had a huge radiator in the upstairs hall, but no heat in two bedrooms.

No heat in the kitchen.
This is common in older houses. Back in the day, the old stoves had a little space heater on the side that took care of the kitchen heat. That stove is long gone. So is the kitchen heat.

Electric heat.
Electric baseboard heat is an alternative heating source for rooms that don’t have a radiator, forced hot water baseboard or forced hot air ducts that are part of the central heating. Some of these are on thermostats, some have knobs on each baseboard.

As soon as it starts to get warm, my clients fail to notice the heating in a house. I have to give them a nudge to keep it in mind. What are your complaints about places you lived in that were too cold?

What else should buyers be looking out for in regard to heating?

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