Cast Iron Radiators

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Old 04-24-03, 01:07 PM
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Cast Iron Radiators

I am going to switch to forced air heating, and was wondering
if anybody has any experiance getting rid of cast iron radiators.
These are not decorative in any way. Will scrap iron dealer pay
me for iron? Or am I going to have to pay them to haul away
iron. And yes...I know, hot water heat is the most comfortable
form of heat. However wife has allergies, and wants her centeral
air. And boiler is about 45 years old anyway.
 
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Old 04-24-03, 01:15 PM
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Unhappy allergies

Out of the pot and into the fire???? I just have this horrible vision of dust and pollen being stirred up with the air handler....has she ever lived with warm air? You better have an EAC and hepa filter of she'll be miserable to live with. I have a terrible time now and I have forced HW...
 
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Old 04-24-03, 01:48 PM
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markco;

To first answer your question the cast iron is likely less valuable than the cost of someone picking it up.

The other issue even though it wasn't a question, is the wisdom of installing forced air when someone suffers from alergies.
Air movement usually only irritates people who suffer from airborne allergies such as dust and pollen. If the sufferer has chemical and mould sensitivities then air movement along with air change could help.
If you are only wanting a/c then a ductless split a/c unit would likely fit the bill.
I just installed a 24,000 btu unit in a control room at our local jail and the blower is almost silent.

http://www.seminoleair.com/custom_faq_help_advanced.cfm

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Old 04-24-03, 02:00 PM
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Oops...I meant asthma, not allergies. Also heat with wood, and
constant fan will circulate heat throughout the house.
 
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Old 04-24-03, 02:14 PM
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Around where I am a cast iron radiator can easy run a few hundred dollars since you can't really find any, and most people like them because they provide heat long after the furnace shut down. Scrap wise they are not worth a lot.
 
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Old 04-24-03, 10:29 PM
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think twice

Comfort + efficency for warm water heating
Draft + noise + dust + too dry environment for forced air
With a modern boiler or water heater the old cast iron radiators may have a new life !
Belive me !
 
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Old 04-26-03, 07:40 AM
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Red face Asthma

Well in many studies Asthma is believed to be allergy related. The trouble is finding what triggers it. Foods are a common culprit, as are VOCs and other airborne pollutants. The pollutants in the house can be diluted using an air to air heat exchanger. This increases the airchanges per hour and helps dilute the pollutants trapped in the house. You know that new car smell? This is what is refered to as off gassing. This is from the plastics and rugs, adhesives all releasing fumes that you breathe in a new car. All your furniture and painted walls in the house as well as other items have this as well. Now if you start burning wood this will kick it up another knotch,.... just a thought.
 
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Old 04-26-03, 08:03 AM
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markco:

It kinda looks like your wife's doctor('s) would be the one's to consult on the direction your heating/ventilation system should take. Each person's sensitivities are unique and it kinda sounds like there is a little bit of guessing going on here.
A good heads up is the woodburning issue. There aren't many conditions that wood burning doesn't irritate. Her sensitivities make woodburning the thing that likely might have to go.
 
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