J.V. from New London County, Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
It is 50 degrees outside today and when I got home the temperature inside my condo was 78 degrees. I live on the middle floor of the building with a southern exposure and today was a cloudy overcast day. Is there anything I should be concerned about that could possibly be causing the temperature of my condo to be this warm on a chilly day?
Mister Condo replies:
J.V., it is not uncommon for “middle” units to draw heat from neighboring units. However, it would appear that your condo “super” heats given the conditions you have described. Should you be concerned? Absolutely! Typically, units only move a few degrees from where you’d expect. If you heat was set at 65º and the heat ran all day and overheated your unit, your thermostat could be to blame. If your building is heated by a central furnace and it cranked heat all day, you would want to let the building supervisor know. If your walls are particularly warm, you could have an electrical issue that could cause a fire. The bottom line is that all heat has a source and you need to know what the source of your heat is. Overcast days don’t typically cause buildings to superheat so I expect another culprit. Time to do some investigating. Better safe than sorry. Good luck!