What kind of heat do you like?
January 2, 2011 11:41pm CST
Hello fellow mylotters. I hope you are staying warm and cozy over these winter days. I am wondering what type of heat you prefer. I myself like the radiant heat, such as steam. Ah, there is nothing like it. I have my thermostat set at 64 F, and I can walk around in my stocking or bare feet. (until the temp drops a degree and the radiators are not on--then it is a bit chilly) Plus, the vents on the radiators let out some steam so it is not very dry in my house. With my old 1924 windows, this type of heat is ideal because it warms the objects in the room rather than the air. The forced air would merely meet with the cool air coming through the window and become cold! What type of heat do you prefer and why?
• United States
3 Jan 11
I myself am also a fan of radiant heat although, I find some of the older steam systems to be a pain, especially if the system hasnt been properly maintained over its life. I once rehabbed a home in northern Minnesota built in the late 1800s and it had an early steam radiator system in it that hadnt been properly maintained at all, it leaked, the boiler was worn out, etc. I like you agree with forced air not being a very good option as any cold air supplies with in the structure, like leaking windows, drafts, etc just make heating a space with forced air unpractical. As I always say it is what it is though, i alas live in a house with forced air now and they ran the ducts in the crawl space which isnt heated and at the far end of the house from where the furnace is the air comes out almost cold.
• United States
16 Jan 11
Wow, that is an awful lot of work to put into a structure when someone has not maintained the heating system. A new boiler is much more efficient anyway, so they are better off getting a new one rather than trying to fix the old. In the days those were built, efficiency was not high on the list. Gas didn't cost that much. I did used to like my boiler, but since it has been repiped I am getting a lot of knocking and whistling from the steam vents. That should not be, and it did not do that before.