Hello everyone. I stumbled onto this place while looking for some solutions to my steam heating questions.
I'm currently in the middle of a renovation of my 1 bedroom apartment on the 2nd floor of a 30 unit (6 floors, plus a basement) co-op on the Upper West Side. We use 1-pipe steam heat and I'm looking to install smaller radiators since our building runs extremely hot.
My unit is about 500 square feet with 2 radiators (bedroom and living room) and 1 exposed vertical pipe in the bathroom. There are 3 other vertical pipes in the unit that are not exposed, but give off some heat through the drywall. One is in the kitchen and the other two are located next to the bedroom and living room radiators (and I assume are the feeders for those radiators).
The bedroom radiator had 16 fins and was about 18"-20" high and 4.5" deep. The bedroom is about 10'x12' with two large-ish windows and high, 9.5' ceilings.
The horizontal pipe has been removed, as has the radiator itself so we could paint behind it. I also installed a new valve directly over where the pipe exits the floor.
(Sorry for the tiny image.) I plan to get rid of this radiator and replace it with a smaller, 10 fin version.
The living room radiator has 18 fins but otherwise has the same dimensions (18"-20" high and 4.5" deep). The living room / kitchen is about 12'x25' with two large-ish windows, a smaller window, and a large window in the kitchen on the other side of the room.
This radiator has been removed to paint the wall and the valve was also replaced since it was leaking. Originally, I planned to keep this radiator.
If I use these 4.5" deep radiators I'm going to have issues with the new baseboards since there isn't enough clearance based on where the pipe is. The radiators are almost touching the wall at 4.5" deep, which I know is not ideal in terms of efficiency, but I can't find anything thinner than that short of going with the wall-mounted radiators from SteamRadiators.com
. I suppose I could raise the radiators a few inches instead? If possible, I'd like to replace both radiators with thinner versions and possibly paint the new radiators to match the walls.
I'm open to any and all suggestions on what to do with these two radiators. My apartment gets extremely warm when the heat is on. Is it possible to install a thermostatic valve? What about something like this
or The Cozy
Thanks so much (in advance!) for your advice and help.