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Newbie Steam Question

Dan T
Dan T Member Posts: 5
Hi, I've got a question about my residential steam heating. My house is about 100 years old, with a steam heating system. The furnace/boiler is relatively new. I've got radiators in nearly all the rooms of this 2 family house, and I live on the first floor. Our tenant on the second floor has no thremostat, since the only one in the house is in our unit.

Since we have a wood stove downstairs, when it really heats up, it trips the sole thermostat, and then no heat goes upstairs. This is a problem.

What kind of options/what is involved in creating a separate "zone" to have the heat upstairs controlled separately? Everything I have read leads me to believe that the heat in the house is either ON or OFF, and there isn't really a simple way to control separate "zones" easily.

If there is a way to do it, what kind of $$ (ballpark) are we talking about to setup a separate zone?

Other solution ideas?

Thanks much for any help!



  • Kent
    Kent Member Posts: 18

    Try putting the thermostat upstairs. This you can probably do for close to free. Splitting the system would cut into your rental profits for a many a month.
  • ed wallace
    ed wallace Member Posts: 1,613
    steam problem

    kent is right easeast way move tstat or spend money on outside reset and themostatic radiator valves best thing to do go to find a contractorat this site and find a company that knows steam systems good luck
  • Dan T
    Dan T Member Posts: 5

    Thanks Ed and Kent!

    With the easy thermostat solution, can I just add a thermostat upstairs and gang wire it in with the current one? This way, if either one trips, the heat will go on. Or do I need to actually move the one from downstairs to the upstairs, because you can only have one?

    Thanks again!


    P.S. - This site is great!
  • Kent
    Kent Member Posts: 18
    one thermostat

    Your tenant is the cold one, therefore let him have the only thermostat. If you have two, your's will probably always be off. If, after a week with his new power, you still notice windows open up there, it's time to talk.
  • ed wallace
    ed wallace Member Posts: 1,613

    i agree with kent
  • How about....

    eliminating all the internal thermostats, incorporating an outside thermostat and putting TRV's on all the radiators.

    Just thinking outside the usual BANG BANG box here...

    There are a number of steam cycle controls that would be of a great assistance in this scenario.


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