Good Questions: My Apartment is Too Hot!

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Hello AT,

My building's radiators were just turned on and it is so hot, I am BAKING in here!! Right now I have all the windows open, the ceiling fan on, the radiator valve closed, and I am wearing shorts and a tank top but still sweating. Last night it was in the 40s outside but I couldn't sleep because I was too hot. I am miserable! How can I make my radiators less, um, radiant?

Thank you! - Sweaty in DC

Dear Sweaty, If you're radiators are really turned off, then they should be cool to the touch and you have a situation where your building is one of those ovens we have so many of here in NYC....more after jump

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If you're radiators are warm then you may have to work on the valves to make sure they are really turned off. You may want to ask your super about this.

For a simply hot building we recommend cracking your windows, using a humidifier to keep the air moist (dryness is one of the worst issues in the winter), and even looking into a small window fan that blows OUTWARD, to carry the heat out. Sucking hot air out will keep the temperature of your apartment much more consistent than blowing cold air in. Anyone else? (Pic: Delineated)

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