Now that I have been living in my Dollar Store Studio (Do you like that name? I came up with that this week for my content strategy course.) for a month, I have learned something very interested about the hallways.
The insulation between the apartments and the hallway is non-existent. There are visible gaps around the doors. Evidence for this is that I can smell some wonderful Indian food in the hallway when I come home from work. There are a lot of South Asians in my building, obviously. And their food smells leak into the hallway.
On the other hand, it is at least 10 degrees warmer in the hallway then in my apartment. It was 20 degrees during the summer (not good), but in the winter I think that might be a bonus.
Except that I can’t help but wonder why food smells transfer but temperature doesn’t. I am sure there is some physics explanation for this about the size of food particles versus the pressure differential that transfers temperature. But that is way beyond my physics skills. I barely got through Physics 1 at Tufts. If someone could explain this to me, I would appreciate it.