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Dear PoP – Radiators or Forced Air?

by Prince Of Petworth May 5, 2010 at 2:30 pm 52 Comments


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“Dear PoP,

My fiancée and I are renovating our home on North Capitol St in Brookland. It was built in 19-0-something, like the rest of the homes in the area, and has a good deal of original detail. The kitchen is to be modern, but we plan on preserving the wood trim, etc at the rest of the house (or at least replacing it with the same millwork look).

The one thing we cannot seem to make up our mind on is the boiler/radiator system. We are adding central air, and are not sure if we should be keeping the radiators or going to forced air gas heat. We are leaning towards taking them out (mostly because of the low lying pipes in the basement), but I’d hate to ruin something that may be considered vintage.

Are radiators considered “antique” or just “old?””

I seem to recall some folks have pretty strong opinions about this. Personally I love radiator heat. What do you guys think he should do – keep the radiators and add central AC only?

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