This is probably a dumb question, but I know nothing about this sort of thing.
We’re in a new apartment, a small 3-flat brick building that was bought probably not all that long ago (maybe a few years?) by the current landlord. We’re on the top floor.
The other day I’d removed one of the forced-air heating vent covers in the bedroom (the hot air “depositing” kind, not the air return duct) and noticed that there’s about an inch gap all around between the duct and the actual hole where the vent cover goes. I’d never done this before, so I had no idea if this was normal/common/no big deal/very bad thing/what. I guess I was just kind of thinking things like how anything inside the top of the ceiling could just get in through the vent (bugs, dust, grit, cold air from inside the roof) and how that might not be the most energy-efficient thing. Also, our bedroom was chillier than the rest of the apartment last night but since the very high winds were smacking right up against that window all night due to the incoming cold front, that’s also a very good explanation…
Since my landlord doesn’t pay for heat, he doesn’t care about fixing simple energy-efficiency things. When we mentioned that we’d put extra weatherstripping and draft stoppers around the apartment entry doors since there were significant gaps and the stairwells are cold in winter, he sniffed that since we were at the top floor we’d have a lesser heating bill than the other floors anyway. :rolleyes: So we’re probably going to have to patch it if this is not a Working As Intended situation. (My hypothesized fix was duct tape from duct to edge of ceiling.)