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Radiator vs. A/C: Whichever wins, we lose.

The radiators in our new home are going rogue and destroying our attempts at using A/C. How do we turn off our radiators for the season? [more inside]
posted by Luminiferous Ether on May 24, 2016 - 8 answers

radiators 101

This is my first winter in an apartment with radiators and I am trying to understand what to expect from them. So far, it pretty much feels cold all the time. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire on Dec 16, 2014 - 21 answers

Good value in hydronic radiators

Does anyone have experience by value hydronic radiators. Basically i want a Myson-like radiator but they are out of my budget. What other brands are a good value.
posted by alcahofa on Jun 15, 2014 - 1 answer

Cast Iron Radiators of Death

Mr. Kitty and I are pretty handy, but removing 100 layers of 100 year old paint from our cast iron radiators may kill us. Who can we pay to make this problem someone else's? [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty on Jun 11, 2014 - 11 answers


In my flat here in the UK I have four electric storage heaters that are kaput. What electric heating should I replace them with? [more inside]
posted by Brian Lux on Oct 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Advice on radiator upgrades...

As part of a big upcoming pre-winter energy improvement and remodeling at Chez McMurphy (sprayfoaming, new windows, etc), we're going to have to remove the 1920s era cast iron radiators. I'd like to replace them with more modern efficient "european style" flat panels. (My first option, sandblasting and refurbishing them turns out to be considerably more expensive.) A couple of questions though.... [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Sep 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Heating an old house: Should the baseboard heating stay or go?

Heating an old house: Should the baseboard heating stay or go? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Jun 1, 2012 - 19 answers

It's getting hot in here

Please educate this clueless former Southerner on the operation of radiators in apartments. Specifically, is there any way I can stop it from feeling like a sauna in here? [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible on Oct 30, 2011 - 16 answers

Why are radiators so complicated?!

Brrr! It's getting cold, and I'm getting tied up trying to research heaters... Hope me, AskMe! [more inside]
posted by benzo8 on Nov 17, 2010 - 12 answers

Cat bed or perch on the radiator?

DIY cat bed on the radiator. Is it safe to build a platform on top of the cast-iron steam radiator for my cat to sit/lie on? If so, what materials, methods, etc should I use? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Oct 7, 2010 - 11 answers

What kind of radiators do I have, and how do I fix them?

What kind of radiators are in my house, and how do I fix them? They're broke, it's cold, and the radiators are so old I can't find any information about them on Google! Pictures here. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Nov 5, 2007 - 20 answers

turn off radiators in unused rooms?

How can I turn off a hot-water radiator to avoid heating a room I never use? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Jan 11, 2007 - 20 answers

How do radiators work?

How do radiators heat my apartment? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero on Oct 5, 2005 - 7 answers

Home Heating

Another heating question!

We just moved to another apartment. It turns out this landlord has the furnace set up oddly: usually the filter goes between the burner/blower and the ductwork to the rooms, but here he's put it on the incoming vent before the furnace. Does that make sense?

Generally, my experience with forced air makes me really miss radiators. I don't like the idea of having dust mite poo blown up my nose, for one thing. Is it that radiators are more efficient and/or cheaper than forced air, or is it that gas furnaces seem more "modern"?
posted by davy on Dec 13, 2004 - 10 answers

Why are radiators so often painted white?

Why are radiators (the things connected to your hot water system that heat a room) usually painted white, when white is the worst colour for heat radiation?
posted by Mwongozi on Dec 13, 2004 - 19 answers

How do I stop this new noise with my radiators?

Radiatorfilter: I've got steam radiators in my house. Recently, I took them all outside and repainted them, then put new inlet and exhaust valves on them. So far so good, but when I fired up the furnace, I got a godawful racket. I'm used to the occasional clank from years past (and I went to gradeschool in an old building, so clanking doesn't surprise me), but this clanking is persistent and hasn't stopped for 40 minutes. So: how to stop the clanking? (also: anyone know of a good online reference to how the system works, esp. the exhaust valves?)
posted by notsnot on Nov 11, 2004 - 13 answers

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