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Old 12-06-2013, 09:22 AM
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Well, I just moved into a brand new townhome in Spruce Grove. Has a nice double garage that I can fit both my car & truck into! Going to be insulating and sheeting it this weekend to hopefully keep it above the freezing mark inside.

One thing I hate about this place is the master bath, it is like 3-4 Celsius colder than my bedroom! I have the thermostat sitting at 20 for while I am sleeping. This morning, my master bath was at 16. I have 2" faux wood blinds on the window, which actually had a fair amount of frost on it and I keep the door partial shut.

I then checked out the temp in my basement, about 18 Celsius. I also have to get some spray foam to plug a nice hole letting in cold air next to an exhaust vent.

Does anyone have any tips on how to keep my master bath temp up? I am an inside unit. The master bath only has 1 wall to the outside, the other wall is the stairwell. It sits above my front door/living room...
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:40 AM
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weatherproof the window with some of that clear plastic made for the task...is there a vent in the MB for heat/air? Is it open, or even hooked up? if that vent duct is disconnected, especially near the trunk, it will suck cold air straight in.
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I am in the construction trade and electric radiant heat has become very popular . Don't know how handy you are but if you can do tile work you can have it installed under it. Very nice because most people spend a fair amount of time bare footed in there.
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Can't really do any construction type stuff as I am only renting. There is a vent under the window and I am getting air coming from it. It is slightly cooler than the vent in the closet, so I closed that one.

You would think that being a new place, new windows and all that you shouldn't have to plastic wrap the windows anymore!
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new homes, and especially multi unit rental homes, are notorious for using the cheapest materials they can find so I wouldn't expect to find energy star rated nitrogen filled dual panes there. if its a real problem, heres a simple solution, but ONLY if there is an exhaust fan in the ceiling. If you have an exhaust fan, then remove the vent cover under the window, and stuff it with some insulation to stop the air coming in, then replace the vent cover.
If there is no ceiling exhaust, don't try this as you may inhibit the ability to "breathe", and the moisture that naturally forms in the BR from showers, etc will accumulate and mold will be a problem. Since you say the air coming from the vent under the window is cool, it tells me it isn't hooked to the Heat/Air trunk, so a small ceramic heater would probably be enough to keep it warm.
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I used to rent a brand new condo in Calgary a number of years back. My wife and I went to Manitoba for Christmas and when we came back we had no water pressure to any of the taps. Had building mantenance come in and they found the the water main line in the unit was frozen. It was on an outside wall and there was no insulation to be found in that section. I would call for the landlords building maintenance to come in to resolve the problem because you are probably paying utilities and I would think that you would not want the added cost of electric heat added to your expenses with hydro starting to rise in prices.
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Well, I've taken and sealed the window with the heat shrink film. I also took and did a bunch of taping to the duct work. I ended up finding a piece of metal covering about a 4-5" hole. They didn't tape it very well, so I was losing a lot of air thru it. Taped up a few other spots and the main trunk at the furnace.

So we will see in the morning what it's like. Thanks everyone for all your help!
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good deal. let us know how it went
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So after putting the plastic on the window, it sits around 17-18 in the morning, which is better.

I did do some temperature checking in the vents. Here is what I found....

(all upstairs) small bedroom, main bath, master closet, master bed -> approx 39 Celsius
(upstairs) bigger bedroom -> approx 35 Celsius
(upstairs) master bath -> 30.2 Celsius
living room -> 36.5 Celsius
Back door -> 46 Celsius

So there is something wrong with the ducting coming into the master bath. I'm thinking if it was pushing out air at around 39 Celsius, it would be the proper temperature in the bathroom!
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chances are its a combination of things...insufficient insulation in the outside wall, and yet another hole in the duct. is the duct line in the wall made of tin or is it flex duct? if its tin then its probably conducting cold from the cold zone in the wall pocket.
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