Each apartment has a quota…Submitted by modicasa on Tue, 09/14/2021 - 02:44
Each apartment has a quota of the millesimi - the block is divided up into a 1000 units and each apartment has a quota. Being top floor will give you more millesimi - the lift, the position etc etc, and all your costs are calculated on how many millesimi you have. You have centralised central heating and there is little you can do - ask the administrator why your costs are so high. You can now opt out of centralised heating and install your own system which many people do.
Thanks. I'll have a chat…Submitted by Mark D on Tue, 09/14/2021 - 04:13
In reply to Each apartment has a quota… by modicasa
Thanks. I'll have a chat with the porter this morning - he will know more.
This apartment is rented, so unless the landlord wants to install a heating system I suspect all we can do is close all the valves on the radiators, maybe ask if the porter can shut off the heated water supply to the apartment just to be sure, and then we can use the electricity to heat it instead. It's far from ideal, but the centralised system doesn't work very well anyway. At any given moment air blockages in the radiators mean that some of them aren't working at all until they're bled, then another one stops working.
That was I guess we will only pay for the electricity plus the fixed central heating cost and no metered usage. If any metered usage were then billed, this would mean that the readings are wrong and the meter is faulty.
But our only real option is to move somewhere else, which we're looking at now. As you say many people have chosen to install their own heating and it's easy to find plenty of apartments with their own heating system.
Air in radiators As you live…Submitted by alan h on Tue, 09/14/2021 - 04:43
Air in Radiators
As you live in the top flat, air in the system will always tend to collect in your radiators.
I'd suggest that you bleed them every day, rather than waiting for the air to build up in them - bit of a pain, I know, but at least that should get them working more efficiently.
One other thing, if there is a lot of air in the rads, it could indicate a fault in the system, allowing air to enter it. This is often the pump(s). If they are old/worn, or under sized for the job, that could be a major cause. Raise that with the porter when you speak to him. Check the servicing frequency for the system with him.