Replacing Radiator Heat with Central Heat: The Process
Radiator heating is common in older homes. Unfortunately, it’s an unreliable way to keep warm during the cold winter months.
If you have concerns about your current heating system surviving another winter, upgrading to central heat is a great investment.
Is a Heating System Upgrade Worth It?
Replacing an appliance is a big decision. However, a new heating system is a worthy investment if it improves your air quality, reduces monthly utility bills, and increases the value of your home.
Let’s review some downsides of radiators, then discuss what’s involved in an upgrade to central heat.
Radiators Are Difficult to Clean
Cleaning radiators can be awkward and unpleasant. Plus, they need frequent cleaning to ward off the buildup of dust, grime, and allergens.
A good cleaning of a radiator involves turning off the heat, vacuuming out the inside, and reaching underneath to wipe out trapped grime. It’s an unsavory and time-consuming task that you’re stuck with while you rely on radiator heating.
Radiators Are a Breeding Ground for Allergens and Other Health Hazards
Convection radiators provide heat by circulating air. They also circulate dust and whatever pollutants and allergens are carried by the dust particles.
To feel safe and healthy at home, indoor air quality is crucial. If you’re sniffling and sneezing every night, note whether or not the onset of your symptoms is connected to your heater use.
It’s Difficult to Decorate your Home with Radiators in the Way
Radiators take up quite a bit of space and detract from a room’s aesthetic. They get in the way of furniture placement, forcing your entire decorating scheme to work around them. Other heat delivery options, like vents, more smoothly blend into a room’s design.
Modern Forced Air Systems with Digital Thermostats Provide Easier Performance Control
In a forced-air heating system, a powerful fan moves air over a heat source. This is a more direct, and thus faster, means of providing heat in comparison to a radiator system.
A single thermostat is used to control the temperature in an easy, efficient, and straightforward manner.
Radiators Are Not Energy Efficient
The older your radiator, the more likely it is to be an energy hog. The radiator may take time to slowly and inefficiently begin producing heat once it’s turned on. Furthermore, if the settings are vague and can’t be easily calibrated, you’re likely to often produce more heat than you need.
Radiators Can Leak Filthy Water Into Your Home
Radiator leaks are common. They’re also messy, and sometimes can be quite upsetting—like any malfunction from one of your major home appliances.
Fixing radiator leaks isn’t always easy. The leak may be coming from the radiator body due to corrosion—meaning that a total body replacement is required.
If you’re lucky, the leak is coming from a valve. That’s an easier fix, but still requires some tool work, and possibly even the help of a professional.
Replacing Radiators with Central Heat: The Process
What’s it take to make the leap from radiators to central heating? It’s a few days’ work, but when it’s done you’ll have a more modern, attractive, efficient, and reliable source of heat. When you hire an HVAC team to upgrade your heat system, here are the steps that they’ll follow.
Disconnecting and Disposing of Your Old Radiator
The first step is to disconnect the radiator from the heating system. Your HVAC contractor will remove obsolete pipes, seal off the old opening in the wall or floor, and dispose of the radiator for you.
Installing a New Furnace for Central Heating
Next up is the installation of your new central heating furnace. This task typically takes between four and eight hours to complete.
Your contractors will install ductwork throughout the house. These ducts will transport the forced air once your new system is up and running. This is the most time-intensive stage of your heat system replacement, usually taking three to five days.
Testing the New Airflow System
Once your new heat system is installed, the contractor will perform a system test to ensure that it’s working properly.
Central Heat Installation in Idaho
No matter what your current heating situation looks like, Advanced Heating & Cooling can provide whatever installation, repair, and maintenance you need.
We serve Idaho homeowners in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell, and the surrounding areas. We’ll make sure your heating system doesn’t let you down this winter. Reach out to us anytime with your HVAC questions and we’ll be happy to help.