Period architectural details are valuable resources for professionals working on renovating historic homes, but period mechanical systems are rarely given the same respect.
Instead, original equipment that's often reusable is frequently removed wholesale and replaced with standard forced-air furnaces, requiring sightline-marring soffits and dropped ceilings to accommodate ductwork.
He suggests either installing a stainless-steel chimney liner when replacing the boiler or opting for a boiler that doesn't require a chimney-based exhaust.
Supply and return pipes, also may need replacing, Holohan says.
Colonial homes relied on fireplaces for heat, and eventually stoves using wood and coal came into use.
Section 1--Options for Heat Distribution Systems in an Old Home Restoration The age and location of an old house often dictates the type of heat distribution system found in the home.Bill, we’re buying a 100 year old home with steam heat and found your article on old boilers.Our home inspector made a comment about it being an outdated, inefficient way of heating.After the guys that designed and installed these old systems died, it became complicated.There are two reasons I enjoy seeing old steam heating systems.