08:35AM | 12/26/01
Member Since: 12/25/01
26 lifetime posts
I just bought a house with an old steam heating system. The attic was converted into a bedroom, but the radiator is inadequate to heat the entire space (thought it does get very, very hot). A friend suggested that I could add steam baseboard heating. What should I look for when making the decision to switch. The other option, I suppose, would be to create a separate zone for the attic bedroom. Does anyone know the relative cost differences in doing either of these two things?


10:14AM | 12/26/01
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear JC,
There are a number of options. One being to install a larger radiator. 2. You can use cast iron hot water baseboard.( I have done this successfully.) 3. Zoning steam heat in an existing system can be difficult at best due to the fact one would have to be sure that when the feed line dissapeared from sight, it ran only to the area you wish to zone, especially in a two story house. However, you may convert entirely to hot water heat relatively easy. Remember that steam radiators as well as hot water baseboard rely on convection to circulate heat and need to be placed on the outside wall of the home or they simply will not work very well. These are just guesses as I can not see your system and home. I would call a heating contractor for a free estimate and get some more options. Your questions will be answered also.
Good Luck, Len

[This message has been edited by Iceman (edited December 26, 2001).]

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