Hi all. I hope I am in the right forum. I just moved into an apartment
building, and am on the top floor. Needless to say, the valves on my
convector are old and I think undersized for the location. The super only
has 1 size. Should I buy my own, specifically designed for the longer run?
Any ideas about manufacturers? Hoffman is one that is used quite often here
in NY, but I have seen several other brands such as Maid o Mist and
Heattimer "varivalve" models.
Thanks for the input.
From what I can tell, the boiler is on for about 15-20 minutes and it takes
about 5 minutes for the steam to reach my rads. there are Hoffman 43's on
all of them, and I would bet the whole buildings rads have the same. From
what I gather, my rads should have larger vents. I can get an adjustable
Hoffman or Maid o Mist or Gorton valves that have a larger vent. What would
The vent on a steam system is designed to let the cold air out then
make a seal. If you have steam pouring out of it, the system needs
work and is wasting energy. If the system is sealed properly and you
wanted more heat you could put a fan near the radiator. A vacumm pump
on a sealed system can lower the boiling point of water and save some
You may have to convince the bldg super to
increase the differential on the controlling
thermostat so the boiler runs longer.
As for changing the vent, I don't have
a brand preference, but if you can find one
with larger capacity, try it.
And a small fan blowing thru the 'vector
may aid heat transfer.
Thanks for the feedback. Since the super isnt installing different vents
depending on rad location, I doubt he will have the boiler on longer,
especially if I am the only one complaining. I will install larger vents
and the fan sounds like a good idea. If these don't do the trick, I will
open up my mouth. It would be ridiculous to pay my own electricity for
space heaters to suppliment what I should be entitled to.
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