TIPS FOR up­grad­ing your radiant heat

Victorian Homes - - Old -Fashioned Hearting -

1. Hire a Radiant Heat Ex­pert

A suc­cess­ful up­grade to your radiant heat sys­tem de­pends on find­ing an ex­tremely knowl­edge­able ex­pert to de­sign and in­stall your sys­tem. You should also have an en­ergy cal­cu­la­tion done for your home and re­quest your util­ity com­pany to do a heat loss eval­u­a­tion.

2. Es­ti­mate Costs for Heater and In­stal­la­tion

The Noritz model CB-199 Combi Boiler we in­stalled can be pur­chased on­line for about $2,200. In­stal­la­tion cost us an ad­di­tional $2,000. If your heat­ing sys­tem lacks man­i­folds and zone valves, you will also have to up­grade your plumb­ing, and your in­stal­la­tion cost could soar to $10,000 or more.

3. Have Your Wa­ter Tested

Min­eral de­posits and hard wa­ter can dam­age your tan­k­less heater. Re­quest a wa­ter qual­ity re­port from your util­ity com­pany. Since our wa­ter con­tained sig­nif­i­cant amounts of cal­cium and mag­ne­sium we needed to in­vest in a $2,000 whole house wa­ter softener fil­tra­tion sys­tem.

4. Con­sider a Cir­cu­la­tion Pump for Large Homes

If you have a large home with bath­rooms and sinks that are far away (e.g. sec­ond floor), add a cir­cu­la­tion pump com­bined with a mo­tion sen­sor to shorten the wait time for hot wa­ter.

5. Main­tain the Sys­tem

You will need to have your do­mes­tic hot wa­ter sys­tem flushed once a year.

above right. Newly in­stalled Noritz CB-199 Combi Boiler (left); US Wa­ter Sys­tems 087-FNLT Pro­fes­sional Me­tered Wa­ter Softener with chlo­rine & chlo­ramine fil­ters (right).

op­po­site top. One of the Gi­aimos’ 34 em­bossed ra­di­a­tors makes the kitchen a cozy place to cook and visit.

above. The bed­room was one of many spa­ces to ben­e­fit from the heat­ing up­grade.

bot­tom left. They said good­bye to the 50-gal­lon do­mes­tic hot wa­ter tank, re­plac­ing it with a Noritz tan­k­less boiler.

bot­tom right. Owner Glenn Gi­aimo and Fred Pat­ter­son of Pat­ter­son Sales in­stall the Noritz tan­k­less boiler. The heater is only 29 inches high x 17 inches wide x 15 inches deep and weighs 90 pounds.

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