Long story short, bought a 1890s Philly home with my partner. 2300 square feet and has a ton of convector units throughout. I have never previously heard of them and during the pre-purchase process, everyone including the inspector, as far as I recall, referred to them as radiators. I assumed they were radiators with covers.
I am hoping you can direct me to a 101 guide on convectors or give me a simple intro on them. I have researched a bit and read around and understand the fundamental difference between them and radiators, but how can I judge mine? How efficient are they? How safe are they? How can I update them? For some context, I am removing carpet throughout the house immediately, as well as fixing cracked walls and ceilings, redoing the kitchen and bathroom mostly by myself, etc. I am happy to get my hands dirty, do research, but I have few tools. In short, I'd love to consider updating these or minimally, learning to understand these heating units and how the system works before I settle into the home. If they were radiators, as I thought they would be, I was planning on removing and disposing of the ugly, old covers and cleaning and finishing (painting) the radiators. Curious to learn if this is a blessing in disguise or possibly bad news? Either way, will embrace the learning opportunity and make the best of it.
Also noteworthy, the boiler is very outdated (from the 80s) and I plan on updating it in the next year but it still functions perfectly at the moment, so hopefully can hold off on that until next year. Also, the house still runs on only 60amp so will be updating that to 200amp shortly when we move in.
I will reach out to a local professional or two (or three) at some point, and maybe the electrician I use to upgrade the panel from 60 to 200 will have some insight but prefer to speak with and have some input from an unbiased party without any potential conflict of interest.
I will add photos at a later date but not sure how much this may help. Not sure if this Is the best category, so please advise or move if needed.
Thank you in advance. Really appreciate any advice you can give.