Replacing old radiators but keeping the boiler

My house is equipped with a rather ancient boiler system.

  • Despite its age, the boiler is wonderfully effective, efficient and reliable.

I’ve never had any problem with malfunction. It operates silently and easily handles the most severe weather. In my local area, we often endure eight straight months of temperatures below freezing. The heating system carries a heavy workload and significantly impacts quality of life and budget. I make sure to have the boiler professionally serviced every fall. I’m hoping it will last for another twenty years. While I’m totally satisfied with the boiler, I wasn’t thrilled with the old radiators that were originally installed in the house. Each room featured its own radiator which provided for zoned heating. These radiators were large, unattractive and made an annoying hissing sound whenever they started up. They became dangerously hot and I worried about my children and pets getting burned. I assumed that replacing the radiators would require updating the entire heating system. When I consulted with a local HVAC contractor, he told me that I could simply update the radiators. I was surprised by my options. There are now very compact, streamlined radiators available. These modern alternatives are far more attractive, silent and completely safe. They don’t get hot to the touch yet radiate a great deal more heat than my old radiators. Plus, they accommodate wifi connectivity and link to a smart thermostat. I can now access and adjust the temperature in the different rooms of the house through an app on my smartphone. Updating the radiators in the house was a rather expensive project but definitely a worthwhile investment.

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