11:19AM | 01/06/99
I just moved into a 50 year old home with ugly radiators. Most are covered, but these are unattractive and reduce the amount of heat. In fact, the second floor is always cold.

The previous owners put in central air with standard duct work throughout the house.

My question, can I replace the radiators with a forced air heating system and use the AC ducks and vent? Otherwise, can I replace the radiators with a more attractive base board system? Is this expensive?

Thanks for any help!


10:58AM | 01/07/99
Steam heat is the most efficient and healthful heating system available. If you need a change, and want the best system, then opt for an in-floor heating system off your existing boiler. Since concrete will not be required, the cost factor will not be that painful. It would entail removing and replacing the first floor ceiling, but over the years there would be a payback in fuel saved and comfort. Before you say no, at least look into it. Campare it to the cost of baseboard heating and new radiators (they make designer radiators now).
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