Column Radiators and Baseboard radiators
Can you install both column radiators and baseboard radiators on the same zone? I was advised that this is not a good practice as the baseboard radiator will get to hot if the boiler is set up to heat the column radiators?
Any ideas or thoughts on this? I am trying to save as much money as I can and the column radiators are not cheap. The rooms that I was going to install the 2 baseboard radiators I was planning on down the road covering them and making them heated window benches.
My thought now is to buck up and purchase two tiny column radiators for these two window benches.
What about the heavy baseboard radiators sold through Burham - I'm sure then can be on the same zone.
Sorry for all the questions on this subject. Most plumbers I have spoke with don't have much experience with these systems and are pushing forced air systems or in floor heating on me.
I love the look of the old column radiators, love the sounds (groining and moaning pipes) and believe from what I have read and heard that it is the most comfortable heat for elderly people. Since I plan on dying in this house that is key for my wife and I.
Thanks for all the help!
Copper Fin baseboard was the plan
I had thought copper fin but this looks like a bad option.
Combining the two on the same zone.
My plan was to have a 4' section of copper fin to start the room loop and from there over to a column radiator the rooms main heat source.
This 4 foot section is under the window and will have a window bench build over top of it. The thermostat for the room will be closer to the column radiator and should read the room temp not just the heat of the copper fins.
I'm not sure the price of the cast iron baseboards but have looked into it.
I'm getting confused Men???
If I have two column radiators on one zone - I'm not allowed to have the line run to the first then head to the second and then back? If two column radiators are on the same zone do I need to run two separate lines from the boiler?
I don't want any fussy problems down the road so will install a mini column radiator under the benches or some solid cast baseboard instead of the copper fin that I was talking about.
Most rooms will be on there own zone was my thinking but the hallways and entry area will have 3 column raditors on one zone and the living room/dining room, south bedroom and Kitchen will have 2 column radiators per zone.
Is this going to be a problem? I have worked on lots of houses that have copper fin baseboards set up this way and they work fine.
I plan on retiring in this home and do not want to struggle with my heating system for the rest of my days.
I spoke with Shafer Bros. Inc. again today to review my layout
Shafter Bros. Inc. - OldCastIronRadiators.com
Had a long chat today over the phone with Shafter Bros. Inc. and reviewed my plans for the heated window bench. Like mentioned above the 4' section of copper fin baseboard will generated no heat. The main reason as I was told is the different water temperature of the water leaving the boiler (160 F). With the bench on top I would have smothered what little heat (if any) that was produced.
The new plan is to install a cast iron baseboard on the face of the window bench that will generated a fair amount of heat and the rest of the heat needed for this room will be made up with a column radiator installed 10 feet away.
Waiting for the final numbers and then once my radiators arrive they will be painted in my shop and ready for a lifetime of service once installed.
I must say the level of knowledge from my contact at Shafer was huge. I must have been a nightmare client with my request for so many options and versions of my heating requests. In the end they know exactly what I want and now I wait for the price....
I'm so excited to install this "Old School" touch - it is exactly what I wanted from day one.
Today I'm pulling the chute and ordering my radiators.
Still waiting for the radiators to arrive. The plumber I hired wasn't able to complete the project.
Have gone back to the drawing board and hoping my regular guys can help.