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Cold inside the apartment?


Heating of all our apartments has been switched on in the beginning of September. However, as outdoor temperature drops, it may still feel cold inside your apartment. In this article we explain why and what you can do to influence the temperature inside the apartment yourself.

How does the heating system work?

Nearly all our buildings are heated by district heating. Thermal energy circulates in the regional district heating network and it is transferred to the water circulating radiators in your apartment. Tampereen Sähkölaitos produces the thermal energy we use with 100% renewable, wood-based energy sources. Heating of the buildings is closed for the summer, and the closure is opened in early fall depending on the weather conditions, but usually no later than in the beginning of September.

The apartment may feel cool, even if it is in fact in line with the recommended room temperature (20-21°C). This is common especially in the beginning of the heating season, when the relative humidity of the air is high due to the season. In the fall, it takes a while before the building structures have warmed up and relative humidity is reduced. Larger drops in outdoor temperature can make it feel cold inside before the indoor temperature stabilizes to match the change. As temperature rises and falls, the windows in the apartment react immediately to the change in temperature, and the heating may not have time to react to the sudden change in temperature as quickly.

How can you influence the room temperature yourself?

We recommend to move the curtains/furniture away from the front of the radiators. Don’t let the heat escape by opening the windows when radiators are on. You can adjust the flow of hot water from the radiator valves. Monitor the room temperature with a thermometer, and notify POAS by submitting a Notice of Defects, if you notice significantly low temperatures or faults in the structures of windows or front doors. Do not bleed (let the air out) the radiators yourself, as improper bleeding results in a loss of pressure in the radiator network. If the radiator is leaking water, notify POAS immediately.

More information on heating can be found from our tenant guide.