Thanks in advance for any recommendations. I was directed here via greenbuildingadvisor.com. We’re hoping to replace our antique cylindrical cast iron radiator with something that takes up less floor space.
We would settle for a more typical rectangular radiator, like the other ones in our home that are up against the wall, but wasn’t sure if there is a better solution for this space.
We currently have steam radiators throughout our first and second floor and the system seems to work reasonably well. However, this radiator is a bit of an eye sore (even if it is an interesting antique!) and we’d like it to blend in a bit more to give us a bit more floor space. Our children also love to try climbing on top of it, which isn't ideal.
I’ve seen some stuff about cast iron baseboard, or low-profile cast iron radiators, but wasn’t sure what would be the right choice here. Someone also suggested that cast iron baseboard might cause water hammer issues, though I didn't fully understand why.
Please excuse the mess in the photo. We just had some work done in that area, including redoing the walls which were old wainscoting that was completely falling apart.
Also, there is fairly easy access to the bottom of the floor in that room (wood floor is directly visible as ceiling in the room below), so that wouldn't be a huge issue.
If anybody knows someone in the Brookline/Boston (Massachusetts) area who would have expertise in this issue to help us that would also be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!