StripersOnline › SurfTalk › How-To Forums › Do It Yourself › Radiators vs. baseboard.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Radiators vs. baseboard.

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Can I replace the radiators in my houese with baseboard heating? I don' mean a whole new system, just tie into existing lines and run new baseboard. I know it will have to be longer than the 4' or so radiator.
post #2 of 16
You could, but unless you're talking cast iron baseboard, I'm not sure why you would want to.
post #3 of 16
Your feed and return for the radiator and baseboard are at different spacing. You would have to move one of them ( not too easy unless you live in a ranch and the pipes are easily accessed in the craw space) or have a pipe running along your baseboard. You might also have to upgrade the circulating pump. I also don't know how it would affect the performance of the boiler.

IMHO I would keep the radiators.
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by bass-o-matic View Post
Your feed and return for the radiator and baseboard are at different spacing. You would have to move one of them ( not too easy unless you live in a ranch and the pipes are easily accessed in the craw space) or have a pipe running along your baseboard. You might also have to upgrade the circulating pump. I also don't know how it would affect the performance of the boiler.

IMHO I would keep the radiators.



It's first floor, easy access. Spacing isn't a problem, just need a little more pipe.

Why would circ pump need upgrading?
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brian View Post
You could, but unless you're talking cast iron baseboard, I'm not sure why you would want to.



Because they look horrible. I took them out when I redid my floors, and have yet to put them back in. They are way way heavy, and i think they are horrible looking. If I can direct-replace them with baseboard, I will, rather than lug them abck around to re-install them.
post #6 of 16
Yes, in my house there are radiators in the original old portion of the house, and in the newer portion there are baseboards. They just tapped the inflow/outflow into the original radiator pipes. Pretty easy to do, at least it looks like it is.

Personally, give me radiators. Much better sustained heat output overall. Yeah, they're ugly, but you can mask them with covers and stuff if you want. I have one double-long radiator in my living room (about 8ft long) that is first in the water line and basically heats the entire 2-story house.
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by SeaOtter View Post
Yes, in my house there are radiators in the original old portion of the house, and in the newer portion there are baseboards. They just tapped the inflow/outflow into the original radiator pipes. Pretty easy to do, at least it looks like it is.

Personally, give me radiators. Much better sustained heat output overall. Yeah, they're ugly, but you can mask them with covers and stuff if you want. I have one double-long radiator in my living room (about 8ft long) that is first in the water line and basically heats the entire 2-story house.


Thanks.
post #8 of 16
If it's first floor and you have access, why not go radiant?
All you need is an 80-100 gal reserve tank so you don't short cycle your boiler. The pump you have should be fine. You might need a manifold with a mixing valve so you can cool down the water. I think you want to stay below 120 deg for the PEX tubing.
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by canyondiver View Post
If it's first floor and you have access, why not go radiant?
All you need is an 80-100 gal reserve tank so you don't short cycle your boiler. The pump you have should be fine. You might need a manifold with a mixing valve so you can cool down the water. I think you want to stay below 120 deg for the PEX tubing.



I don't want to revamp the whole system, i plan on rebuiilding the entire house in about 10 years. That's more capital than I am willing to lay down right now. Thanks for the great idea though.
post #10 of 16
If you go with baseboard these people will tell you how much you need for free.

http://www.slantfin.com/heat-loss-software.html

Just put the required information into the software and it tell you how many feet you need.

Personally Id's stick with the rads, next choice would be radiant, and the baseboard last, but with the program above oyu can see how much you need and if it will fit.
post #11 of 16
You could go baseboard. Or there are newer style radiators available. I have a steam boiler vs. forced hot water so I'm sticking with cast iron radiators.
post #12 of 16
baseboard for efficiency
radiator for heat output but not so efficient

baseboard for more room. and no more burned hands
radiators for closer cabinets and furniture to wall, and burned hands.
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ed J View Post
If you go with baseboard these people will tell you how much you need for free.

http://www.slantfin.com/heat-loss-software.html

Just put the required information into the software and it tell you how many feet you need.

Personally Id's stick with the rads, next choice would be radiant, and the baseboard last, but with the program above oyu can see how much you need and if it will fit.




Excellent link, thank you very much!
post #14 of 16
if the look terrible have them refinsihed.......Ive had all mine sand blasted and repainted, they look great now.

as for them not being effiecnt I dunno mine work great and also the heat is warm am moist. Not super dry forced air, I could never live with that again. Also old steam will tend to cause hand burns but forced hot water will not burn hands when the boiler is set properly.
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
I managed to install my new baseboard this weekend. Just under 24' worth, and with the associated piping down cellar, over 50 sweated joints. Filled it up yesterday morning, and after breaking off an air valve on one of the radiators upstairs, drilling, tapping and a trip to the hardware store, there was not one single leak.

I really took my time cleaning and preping each joint. I brushed all the fittings and emery-clothed each pipe as i was fitting it up, and redid it before i re-fit and fluxed everything.

Thanks for the advice and tips, everyone!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Do It Yourself
StripersOnline › SurfTalk › How-To Forums › Do It Yourself › Radiators vs. baseboard.