We've been having real issues trying to heat our open plan downstairs, well, since we've been in this house really. It's a rental, private landlord. It can be boiling upstairs and downstairs it can still be 35 degrees. The windows all let in air and the weatherstripping around the front door is rotting away. We've only been here 1.5 years.
We finally told the landlord who was very apologetic and got his guy on it straight away. (Landlord lives in FL, we're in MD). The guy comes over and says we have to replace the weatherstripping around the front door, and also take apart the windows and vacuum and wash the weatherstripping around the windows. He says doing this will fix the problem. He also said this was tenants responsibility (but that it didn't look like it had ever been done).
I've been working on it today and I can't solo do this project... I can't hold up the windows and try to get the vacuum hose round to do it. Plus when I put the window back it still lets in the air.
So I guess a few questions.
Does vacuuming the weatherstripping actually help it work better or, is it as much bs as I feel like it is (right now I'm kinda frustrated with the windows).
Is this really a tenants responsibility? Half the windows are stuck and won't open enough to get them apart and we stopped touching blinds after we'd been here two months because they go up but then won't go down again.
We're hoping to leave in a couple months. Should we just eat the $500 electricity bills and leave this all alone as we have been doing?