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Building a Radiator Enclosure; Seeking Advice
I stumbled upon this site just the other day and what a Godsend it has been. It has answered a lot of questions regarding the steam heating system I have in my housr built in 1914. Long story short, I recently remodeled my 3rd floor attic which is about 600 square feet. I was researching about radiator efficiency and came to the conclusion that I would like to put a radiator enclosure to help heat the air in my attic.
Now, according to the article from your site: <a href="http://www.heatinghelp.com/article/158/Radiators/1537/Radiator-Enclosures">http://www.heatinghelp.com/article/158/Radiators/1537/Radiator-Enclosures</a> (I have included the picture from the article below), the most efficient way to bump heat output from a radiator is the chimney method (the top left example). However, my radiator sits in a very pecular position. It is in a small addition to the main room, just below some rather drafty old windows. I have also included a crude diagram below to help explain what I am talking about.
What I am worried about is the chimney method that sends the heat straight up in the air would cause two problems. One, it would channel it up into the drafty windows and cause heat loss. Two, the cove where the radiator resides has a pyramidal ceiling (was not fun to drywall, tape and mud- believe me.) This would cause the heat to trap up there and not travel out into the main room. What I had in mind was the bottom left method of pulling cool air in from the floor and channeling it outward away from the windows and hopefully pushing it far enough to make it into the main room without getting too trapped in the cove.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated here. I know the windows need to be replaced with more modern and efficient models, but right now I do not have the resources for such a project. What would you do in this situation barring window replacement?
Thanks in advance,