Are These A Hot Item? (Pun Intended)


So who exactly would be looking for antique water radiators? I thought we are all moving to forced air anyway. So anyone know what’s happening with this building on 14th Street near Cork anyway? Is it just becoming condos or will there be some ground floor retail as well? A photo of the building being renovated after the jump.


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  • Radiant heat is a lot more energy efficient than forced air. It is less dry (better for furniture and nasal passages) and doesn’t blow alergens around your house (better indoor air quality).

  • there used to be an ethiopian-run shop on the first floor, if i remember correctly. i would think the building and location are too valuable NOT to have retail on the first floor again.

  • The only benefit forced air it offers is getting the space back from the radiators. On top of what cupcake said, there’s virtually no maintenance for radiant heat, whereas ducts must be cleaned regularly. Radiant generally heats faster too.

    Contractors remove them during renovations sometimes just because it’s cheaper & smaller to install a combined hvac versus separate boiler and a/c unit, and you can get rid of all the pipes which makes their lives easier. That doesn’t mean it’s better for the homeowner.

  • They’re also a hot item because they do wear out occasionally and it’s often possibly to replace them with a “recycled” radiator from a renovation like this one. We did replace a leaking vintage radiator with a new one, though; we were able to get a smaller one that fit better into the space. I hope I never have to live without radiant heat again.

  • PoP, for a house owner you are sometimes so clueless.. lol..

  • I love my radiant heat. Yes, it takes room but it keeps the house nice and toasty. Ick, can’t believe we’re talking about heat right now!

    The previous owners of my place made the effort to install central air but left the radiant heaters! Kudos from someone who’s allergic to just about everything!

  • While I like radiant heat too, my forced air system does heat up in minutes…no way radiators can heat a space as quickly. (of course the effect of radiant heat lasts longer, but that’s not my point.)

  • I wish my house had radiant heat- I’d gladly give up the floor space. Instead it was renovated with central air and forced air heat. It might heat up fast, but it’s got to keep blowing nearly 24 hours to stay warm- radiators might have a slower initial heat up time, but then they just keep everything fine and dandy all season long without much more work.

  • I have never ever had an issue with my house being cold or needing to heat up fast. It’s a townhouse! They’re naturally warmer than free-standing houses.

  • I am closing on a house in Arlington in two weeks. The house has radiant heat. Our home inspector said radiant heat is the very best way to heat a house for all of the reasons already stated. Given our ecomonic times, I will be happy to save on an gas bill!

  • *booooooo* *hissssssss*

    (directed at m’s arlington bound exodus)

  • M may be leaving the neighborhood, but M would never leave the blog would you M? would you? lol

    I mean who else would tease PoP and myself and accuse us of blog flirting?

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