Before you even think about having a steam radiator installed in your building, you ought to know what it is and how you can benefit from such heating system. Steam radiators are quite similar to their hot water counterparts, which is why in most cases, they are often interchanged. The most notable difference, however, is that steam radiators use either one or two pipes for letting steam and condensed water enter and leave the room. A hot water radiator, on the other hand, always uses two pipes: one for letting hot water enter and another for letting condensed water leave.
In a one-pipe system, steam passes through it then fills the radiator. Afterwards, steam transforms to condensed water which then leaves through the same pipe. Water is then recycled for the next cycle. Meanwhile, a two-pipe system has a separate pipe where steam goes to the radiator and to another pipe where condensed water leaves.
A steam radiator, as the name implies, uses steam which is created within a furnace in a separate area such as the basement as its heating source. Once steam is created, the boiler will then distribute it throughout your building through the pipes which are located in the walls. The steam will be the one to emit heat that comes from the radiator into your facility.
Now that you have known a few about steam radiators, let’s talk about its major advantages:
Among the major advantages of a steam radiator is its quiet operation compared to a forced-air HVAC system. This means you won’t be hearing any air blowing through your vents all day. Steam will get forced through the pipes quietly, thereby pushing air toward the radiator.
Steam heating systems are also ideal for heating limited areas inside your house. For example, if you have a huge building, you have the option to turn off the heat to certain areas. If you spend most of your time inside the living room, then you can choose to turn heating only to this room. As a result, you’ll be able to cut down on your overall heating expenses.
Additionally, steam radiators can provide better heating than a traditional forced-air HVAC. With this system installed, you’ll be able to see some noticeable differences in the amount of heat within your building.
Lastly, steam heating systems can be installed conveniently, even beneath your floors. This only means you don’t have to invest in a heating system for your floor as you can just run some of the pipes under it.
Components of a Steam Heating System
Steam heating systems are made of different components that are vital for its overall function. Learning about these components will provide you with knowledge as to the kind of steam boiler you need to get.
While our engineers and designers are fully knowledgeable of these said components, learning about them firsthand will let you formulate a design plan which is quite helpful to our designing process.
A steam radiator is divided into two different categories. One is the cast-iron radiator which is made of several sections. The cast-iron radiator is closely similar to the one used in hot water systems. It’s generally used in a one-pipe system and is the one responsible for transferring steam to the radiators while allowing condensed water to pass through it, returning it to the boiler.
The other one, the fin-tube radiator, is made of a metal tube with metal fins outside for increasing its overall heating surface. It comes with a valve at one end along with a trap at the other. Due to its design which allows for mounting on walls, it has been widely used in most establishments and properties within the past 15 years.
Normally, a steam heating system will contain air vents which are essential for removing air from the radiators, considering that the presence of air will prevent them from heating efficiently. You can find two types of air vents: automatic and manual.
An automatic air vent is composed of airtight bellows, vent body, valve disk, and a seal. The bellows normally contain a volatile liquid which has a lower boiling point than water. As a result, once it gets heated to a temperature below that of steam and water, it will expand and close the valve. As air surrounds the bellows, its temperature will be a bit cooler than steam, hence causing the bellows to contract, thereby opening the valve and letting air escape.
On the other hand, a manual vent often has a small valve with a slotted screw and a spout on the other side for the discharged air. Similar to automatic vents, they are also installed in the same location.
Steam traps essentially trap steam inside a radiator until it gets converted to condensed water. Once it does, the trap then releases it back to the boiler, recycling the water for use in another heating cycle. It also prevents steam that comes into the radiator from leaving. While its function is fairly basic, it actually plays a major role as an excessive accumulation of water will prevent the radiator from heating properly.
Here at NYE, our experts take into account every single component in the design process. Rest assured that with our expert help, you can enjoy a steam radiator that is efficient, durable, and safe.
We work with improved workflows through the advanced software solutions we use. Our processes are then automated and optimized. Engineers, architects, and the rest of the people working on your project can easily collaborate in the initial stages of the design process with our help. We can put together all portions of your steam radiator project with ease. We are also familiar with all the governing codes and local ordinances which dictate the requirements for every project. If you have changes along the way, we can also adjust accordingly and calculate the values for the said changes. We pay attention to all important design criteria, especially in terms of modern design. Work with us and allow us to cover the broader strokes of the design process, freeing you from spending more time on the high-end details that could easily get overlooked without professionals’ help.