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lp3339



Joined: 28 Oct 2009

PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:33 pm    Post subject: Floor heating help Reply with quote

Help me out here: My officetel apartment building is trying to tell me I HAVE to turn on the heating when I'm at home. I never turned my heat on last year and just used a space heater and a floor mat which worked just fine.

This seems very suspicious that they are saying I HAVE to do this. My bill is partially shared and partially my own energy use.

My bills are already extremely high (175,000 won in the summer with hardly ANY Air Con use) and I would rather not add to them.

Does anyone else have any experience with this?
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spaceman82



Joined: 01 Dec 2009

PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some people leave it on all the time so the pipes won't freeze and/or because they feel it's more energy-efficient to run it that way. With that said, I've never heard of a building forcing someone to leave theirs on before; however, it might not use up that much extra gas to leave the floor heating on but turn it down to its lowest setting while you're out.
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Lucas



Joined: 11 Sep 2012

PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You mean the ondol heating? right?

Yes, you should have that turned on in winter, say Dec-feb when it stays below -..... every day.

Otherwise the water pipes in your floor will freeze, crack and then water will pour every where and you will not be a popular person.....

This is what they mean I think - they are just giving you advanced warning.......

or maybe i'm wrong Crying or Very sad
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mnjetter



Joined: 21 Feb 2012
Location: Seoul, S. Korea

PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed. Frozen pipes are no fun. I learned that the hard way in Japan in 2009 when I didn't turn my bathtub pipe off all the way during the night. Woke up to an icicle hanging out of the bathtub spout and $200 worth of damage (apparently I got off light) to the pipes running alongside the house. If rural Japanese houses had ondol and mine was turned on, I'm sure it wouldn't have been a problem.
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Lazio



Joined: 15 Dec 2010

PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lucas wrote:


Yes, you should have that turned on in winter, say Dec-feb when it stays below -..... every day.

Otherwise the water pipes in your floor will freeze, crack and then water will pour every where and you will not be a popular person.....


Itís very hard to imagine that the pipes would freeze in the floor especially in an officetel with heated apartments all around. Besides, he lives there so it canít be that cold.
The OP should figure out where the boiler is and how exposed it is? That is where you should worry about pipes freezing not in your floor.
If youíve lived in this very same place last winter than you should know if there was any problem with the pipes. Unless it gets colder than last winter donít use it if you donít want.
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bbud656



Joined: 15 Jun 2010

PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Every officetel I've lived in has had some kind of shared utility plan. You will get charged a ton if you use the heating or not most likely. Last year I was out of the country for 5 weeks in the winter and my heating bill stayed about the same as other winter months.
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