Hi, I just bought an old house in Medford MA. The house was build in the late 20's and has a steam heating system with Sunrad radiators. While the system heats the house nicely, it can be loud when heating up. I dont want to wake the baby and I don't know the condition of the steam pipes and boiler.
Planning ahead, i am thinking of what to do when the system needs repair/replacement. I am considering a few options:
1) Continue to correct pipe pitches and add pipe insulation to reduce noise.
2) Convert to a hot water system - This would also prevent the baby from potentially burning herself on the hot steam radiators.
3) I hear there is a company in Canada, called ECORAD, that will refurbish old radiators, fill them with water and antifreeze and add electrical heating elements. This sounds interesting in that it would allow a separate thermostat for each room.
Notice that i each case, i am assuming that the old sunrads are still in good shape and wont leak.