I will soon be renovating and adding on to a 1930's bungalow house. It
currently has steam heat and large radiators. While I like this type
of head and find the radiators charming, I will need every inch of wall
Would conversion to a more traditional forced hot water baseboard heat
be difficult or prohibitively expensive?
Not near enough info. 1930's probably one-pipe ssteam (vent on each
Likely need new boiler, high eff, sized for the remodel.
All new piping for the convectors (Is there room to run the piping?).
It's probably doable and if you're renovating, this is the time
to do it. During the renovation, I would put a priority on
insulating the wall spaces as well.'
Not if you're up to doing it yourself.
If you're really clawing for space,
you might look and see if the fan-driven
"convectors" and kickspace heaters
that Burnham makes will do better for you
than a regular baseboard heater.
Thanks all. No, I do not intend to do it myself. The boiler is new in
2002, the home inspector did make the comment that it could be done,
for what that's worth. There are vents on each radiator. Again, I
like the steam, just need to find the least expensive solution that
doesn't use the big radiators. Seems they are all in just the wrong
space. I like the Burnham solution, I assume this needs water not
That depends on what you consider difficult or expensive, of course.
Unfortunately, you don't gain much in converting from a typical steam
system to hot water. It's unlikely you will be able to convert the
boiler from steam to HW, and if it's an older unit, it is proabably
very inneficient compared to modern boilers or furnaces anyway. Steam
is relatively simple compared to HW; only a single pipe to each radiator,
no circulator pump, no expansion tank. i
You may be able to use steam baseboard units, though. They are available
but I don't know anything about pricing. Here's one source:
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