Who idea was to put radiators by the windows

Kingston, New York
January 1, 2017 10:38am CST
With all the old homes most of the radiator heater is under the window. This help the home lose heat faster since it just go out the Windows Most of the new homes are electric heat And most are central air and heat but the old Homes are allway cold. And use oil for heat But i think having thr heater yndet the window is a mistake.
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@Corbin5 (70120)
• United States
1 Jan
We bought an old house in Oak Park, IL, and it was beautiful. However, the radiators wee under the windows! Strange indeed. Found this, and it kind of explains the reason: By placing the radiator under the window this floor draught is directed upwards thanks to convection from the rising hot air, making the room feel warmer and providing a more even distribution of heat. Any draught current around the room will thus be warm air, not cold air.
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@yukimori (8556)
• United States
1 Jan
Huh, never would have guessed that was the reasoning behind it!
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• Kingston, New York
2 Jan
Very interesting, but my floors Are ice cold
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• United States
12 May
Now that is a perfectly logical explanation for steam radiators underneath window sills @Corbin5
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@yukimori (8556)
• United States
1 Jan
It makes about as much sense as the electric heaters in our apartment being installed in the ceiling. I suppose you could put plastic or bubble wrap over the windows to help insulate them, but that only does so much good.
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• Kingston, New York
2 Jan
Actually that might be a good idea i think Homedepi and lowes has something for Windows
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@masood72 (4180)
• Amersfoort, Netherlands
1 Jan
good idea i think to make the home cooler
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• Kingston, New York
2 Jan
To make it warmer for the winter Not cooler
• United States
10 May
The older homes with steam heat supplied by radiators is far better health wise than these newer constructed homes and that darned central air or heat BUT in the case of your post, windows were made much better back in the old days too I my opinion
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• Kingston, New York
11 May
I like the old style windows in the old homes as long as I do not have to clean them they are to big but you are right with the steam heat
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• United States
11 May
@eagletrek2 they make squeegies that are for very tall windows and shorter people that are so much fun to use, one actually enjoys window washing !
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• Kingston, New York
12 May
@enlightenedpsych2 as long as it not a tall building like the Sears tower
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@PatZAnthony (11757)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
8 Jan
The theory is that the moving air (from the window) will be warmed as it enters. Like you, I'd like to see it elsewhere.
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• Kingston, New York
9 Jan
I just learn it had to do something with moisture To keep the home warm with the Old style windows
@redurnet (772)
• United Kingdom
2 Jan
I have never thought about this before but you could be right. I suppose it is coldest near the windows so it warms up the colder air first and then warms the rest of the room, perhaps. When it is really cold we stick an electric radiator in the middle of the room and it really makes a difference.
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• Kingston, New York
2 Jan
What I found out most of the heat goes out the window that why the old homes do not warm up
@UncleJoe (7167)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
11 May
We lived in a house that had the radiators right under the windows. I think they were suppose to warm the frigid air that was leaking in because the windows were the crank-out jalousy type that didn't seal very well. Our school radiators were like that too.