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New Study on Steam Systems by Urban Green Council
I just finished reading a study called Demystifying Steam published by the Urban Green Council. There are some interesting ideas such as how they recommend sizing a steam boiler, Cold-Start Sizing. I will post the link later.
I have some issues with some of the conclusions. The authors stated the ocupants they interviewed said that steam systems were noisy and hard to control. They would have to open the windows to control the heat. Hello McFly
I am sure if they posted on here, one of the NY experts here could get the system working properly. Another conclusion they made was that the system should be converted to an electric heat pump. I find it difficult to believe that heating and cooling a space 12 months a year could be less expensive than a properly designed heating system that operates 3-4 months a year. Why is it that people think electric is so efficient? According to Bright Hub Engineering, coal fired powerplants are 32-42% efficient, gas powerplants are 32-38% efficient, wind turbines are 30-45% efficient, solar plants are 12-20%. Combine that with the transmission losses of 4-7%. An 82-84% boiler is far more efficient than that. I understand steam systems are thought to be old technology and perhaps I am like the guy selling buggy whips when cars were introduced. Thanks for allowing an old guy to rant.https://www.urbangreencouncil.org/content/projects/demystifying-steam-report
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