I've got some large pipes in the basement that are about 4-6" in
diameter. I think they were left over from a previous steam system but
am not sure. I'm trying to do different things to make the heating
system more efficient. I'm going to insulate these pipes...but before
I do I wanted to make sure there wasn't justification to replace them.
With what a plumber costs per hour I'm almost sure the answer is no,
but they are rather long runs of piping and I'm basically heating up
a good deal of "extra" water each time. Anyone else have any
experience with this? Thanks.
I would remove them all and install 1/2" copper pipes. It will hold
less water/steam and with a Pipe@Booster you will move it very fast
Install a new digital programmable stat too with new low voltage
ACTUALLY ... the system should be visually looked at but a pro. Then the
determination can be made if it needs any changes at all.
-zero....hit it right on the head......it is an old gravity system that used
larger diameter pipes, because there were no pumps way back then. You do not
need any larger pumps either ... what comes with a new boiler is good
enough. You just moving water. Of course... a new High efficient boiler
would help in the gas usage.
And keep the terminology correct...either you have steam or you have water!
Insulating helps, but keep in mind that the heat from the pipes radiate heat
to the area where the pipes are
Just my $72.50 worth...send cash
buffalo ny: climate may freeze water pipes if you reduce basement's
waste heat. we have an anti-freeze thermostat running electric water
pipe heaters in winter with the old boiler gone.
Thanks for the info. I'll ask a heating pro about it, but I do have
the concern that they have the incentives to want to do work whether
needed or not. Or maybe I'll just insulate it.
I do have a hot water system with modern oil fired furnace with
programmable thermostat. My mentioning steam is based on my guess that
maybe it was steam in the past and then converted. I think that some
peoples guess that it was a gravity fed system may be correct.
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