Q: I’m doing a remodel on a home that is currently heated with steam radiators. The boiler is fairly new, but I’m wondering if I should stick with steam or convert to hydronic? And if I do keep the steam system, should I upgrade to newer radiators or keep the old, bulky, but classic-looking ones?
A: Keith Cappuccio, a licensed plumber in New York City, responds: Steam is a time-tested method of heating a home. Although it’s not as versatile as hot water (hydronic) heat, when installed correctly steam should provide decades of relatively maintenance-free operation. When asked about the feasibility of converting a steam system to a...
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