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steam heat, disable 1st floor and leave 2nd floor
Our two family home was built in the 1920’s. We have one single oil furnace to heat the whole house via steam heat. We want to change to gas and add two new furnaces. Our plan is to leave the second floor radiators and install a new steam furnace for that floor to be controlled by the second floor tenant. On the first floor we want to remove and cap the radiators then install baseboards which would be heated by the second installed furnace (water). Also our basement is finish and would prefer not to remove any steam piping other than removing the radiators on first floor and capping off within the floors.
We live in northern New Jersey. My question is can this be done. I have been told by one company that we cannot because of the steam piping and size of furnace would not be compatible. I'm not sure why the steam pipe size and pacement(s) would matter, after-all we are using what was already there. Then another contractor said it can be done since the first floor apartment was always closing the radiator valves off and the furnace still functioned with heat to the second floor.
I would appreciate your feedbacks, comments, questions on this topic. Thanks.